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Opinion: Prisoner voting rights

Prison fenceThis week, the Supreme Court is considering the legality of the Government’s ban on prisoner voting. A majority of MPs are set against even limited suffrage for prisoners. The idea makes David Cameron “physically sick” and Jack Straw believes “those who break the law cannot make the law.”

Many supporters advance the same perfectly sound arguments, particularly from a human rights perspective. But a strong, pragmatic case for full prison enfranchisement can also be made by assessing this most populist of policies against the aims of sentencing in the criminal …

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Opinion: Prisoner voting and the rule of law

Liberal Democrats have always been proud defenders of the rule of law. As our manifesto stated in 2010, the values of ‘fairness and the rule of law’ lie at the heart of our foreign policy. However, just as we call on other states such as Burma, Belarus and Zimbabwe to respect the rule of law, so we must be ever vigilant that there is no weakening of this fundamental principle at home. The Liberal Democrat policy on the Justice and Security Bill at conference in September was a powerful reminder to the leadership on how seriously we, as a party, take this issue.

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  • User AvatarGlenn 10th Oct - 1:28pm
    This is not what actually happened. The conservatives got 24 per cent of the potential vote, That's how many people they appeal to. Their vote...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 10th Oct - 1:22pm
    @ eis Loretto, I don't see those echos that you mention. True, the issue was about the Union Jack and about how often it should...
  • User AvatarDavidW 10th Oct - 1:17pm
    @Caron: do the lib dems believe there should be a referendum or not? I thought lib dem policy was there needs to be an in/out...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 10th Oct - 12:52pm
    Caron, For goodness sake, don't rubbish the Remain campaign before it's started! As to where the women are, let's not get hung up on proportionality....
  • User AvatarMartin Tod 10th Oct - 12:03pm
    @Peter @Jennie That is already the policy (as passed by regional conference) of the South Central region.
  • User AvatarRoland 10th Oct - 12:02pm
    Interesting times! The LibDem's in looking to outsource this service are going to come face-to-face with the new reality of privacy and data protection, that...