The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2005 that the UK’s ban on prisoners voting was unlawful. The matter has now wended its way forward in time to a need for action.
So – should prisoners get the vote? As far as my own vote on Thursday (in what is a debate accepted by the Back Bench committee) I will vote for prisoners to get the vote. It is not one of the issues that exercises me hugely – but I understand from the tabloids that it is an issue that does exercise a lot of people.
Apart from the issue of Britain being in breach of the European Court of Human Rights and as a Minister voting for a lawful outcome – I have always believed prison is the punishment – the removal from society and being kept in a cell. Outside of that – I think it would be a good thing if prisoners had any interest in outside matter and current events – although I fear many may not even be interested in voting.
Should prisoners get the vote?