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County's MPs oppose the vote for prisoners - ballot
DO you think prisoners should be given the right to vote?
That’s the unpopular policy which could yet be forced on Britain – despite Worcestershire MPs criticising the idea.
The European Court says current UK rules denying convicts a vote breaches human rights legislation, and has given the Government until Thursday, November 22, to respond.
MPs in Worcestershire have criticised the call – and urged David Cameron to continue to resist pressure to change tack.
The Prime Minister said this week he was not willing to comply with the demand, even if it means further court action such as paying compensation to prisoners.
Last year MPs had a vote on it in parliament and opted for a blanket ban, with an overwhelming majority of 212.
Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff said: “When you transgress the law, you sacrifice your liberty and human rights for a period of time.
“I’m staggered to think the European Court of Human Rights can suggest anything to the contrary.”
Worcester MP Robin Walker said: “I feel very uneasy about it because it raises the whole issue of sovereignty in this country.
“We had a vote on it and the outcome was very clear indeed. We should have no qualms about sticking to our position on this. We don’t want to be overruled by a European court. There’s no way it should happen.”
Mr Cameron has said the prospect of allowing prisoners a vote makes him “physically sick” – something our county MPs agree with.
West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin said: “Voting is a civic privilege and it is quite right that those punished by society with a prison sentence should lose that privilege while they serve their sentence.”
During Prime Minister’s Questions this week Mr Cameron said he was willing to give MPs a fresh vote on it to make their feelings “absolutely clear”.
It followed comments from Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who said the European ruling means the UK has a “legal obligation” to respond next month.