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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 AvatarDavid Evans 6th Feb - 11:25am
    Very funny Richard. You are such a joker.
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    Indeed Andrew R - so keen was our then leader to own the Coalition that he asked the Parliamentary Party via a 3 line whip...
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    The situation is so ludicrous that it’s illegal to have your child tattooed if he is under the age of 18. However you can have...
  • User AvatarTracy 6th Feb - 10:57am
    @William Hobhouse I feel it is demeaning to women. It implies that they can't get selected on their own merits. If I were to stand...
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Sophia
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    Does anyone when Liberal Democrat federal comference passed a motion supporting Turkish membership of the EU? I do remember it passing an emergency motion in...