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Prisoner Voting

Asked if the Prime Minister had a view on giving some prisoners the right to vote, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that there were a number of court cases, including one currently being considered by the European Court of Human Rights. In considering this issue we would have to take into account what the court said. The previous government held a two-stage consultation on this, which had not concluded by May 2010.

Asked if the consultation was still live, the PMS said that we were considering the issue and would look at what happened in the courts.

Asked if the government’s consideration was being framed by the consultation, the PMS said that he would not say it was specifically framed by it; the consideration would draw on all possible sources of advice.

Asked if the Prime Minister believed that there could be a moral imperative to change the current situation, the PMS said that the position we were in was unfortunate and that a lot of people in the country would find it difficult to understand the argument that prisoners deserved the right to vote. Clearly, we would look at what the court had to say.

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