Votes for prisoners are essential for human rights

One of the arguments advanced by the UK in Hirst UK (No2) was that convicted prisoners by committing their crimes and receiving custodial sentences had lost the moral authority to vote. When the expenses scandal broke in the UK the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey opined that Parliament had lost the moral authority to govern.

Recently the 1922 Committee summoned David Cameron to a meeting and gave him instructions to curb the power of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), and curb the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

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