"Lib Dems' policy as I understand it is that criminals should be allowed a vote. Is that right?"
The former leader of the Liberal Democrats replied: "Yes, that's correct." More recently, we heard some wonderful Lib-Demory from the home affairs spokesman:
"Accepting that the bulk of prisoners should retain the right to vote, whilst a minority of serious offenders should not, is a nuanced response to a difficult issue."
It is the usual story from the Lib Dems. They say one thing and want another when it becomes uncomfortable.
Mr. Hayes is right: Liberal Democrat policy is to allow not only those who have been convicted but those who are serving a sentence for paedophilia, robbery, burglary and so on to have a vote while they are in prison. It is not a policy that I support.