Prisoners Votes Latest

Conservative MPs have reacted angrily to reports that the coalition is planning legislation to give prisoners the right to vote. Ministers are preparing to launch a draft bill to comply with a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), according to The Guardian. This is despite Parliament voting overwhelmingly to maintain a blanket ban in February. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the idea of giving prisoners the vote made him "physically ill". But there are reportedly concerns in the Government that it could face a huge compensation bill if it does not bring forward legislation before the ECHR's deadline of the end of November. Publishing draft proposals, possibly giving the vote to those serving terms under four years, would give ministers time as there would be a significant period before anything would reach the statute books.

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