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Prisoners: Voting Rights

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd December 2015.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take in response to the judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v The United Kingdom (No. 2) Application 74025/01, and the interim resolution of 9 December of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe expressing "profound concern that the blanket ban on the right of convicted prisoners in custody to vote remains in place."

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We have consistently made clear that prisoner voting is a matter for parliament to determine.

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