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Prisoner Votes and the European Court of Human Rights

The issue of which prisoners should be allowed to vote was discussed in the House of Commons yesterday.

There are some points that have been missed from the debate:

Firstly, the European Court Judgment that said that there should be some consideration of a change in the law did not pay any compensation to the person complaining.

Secondly, the judgment also said that one reason why they felt that things were wrong was that parliament had not looked at the issue. Well parliament now has.

I don't think that the issue is finished with, however. It may be that people who have been imprisoned for less than 2 years are permitted to apply to court to get a vote if their offence did not involve abusing the human rights of anyone else.

Noone, however, is suggesting that there will be any proposal for serious offenders to get the vote. The front benches of all parties abstained from this vote.

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