Prisoners: Voting Rights

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 15th April 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it remains Government policy that convicted prisoners are ineligible to vote in (a) local and (b) national elections.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The UK Government’s position is clear that no convicted prisoner should vote. We have maintained that position for all elections that fall within the UK Parliament’s competence

The Scottish Parliament has competence over criminal justice and prisons in Scotland. Since 2016 it has also had competence over local government and Scottish parliamentary elections. The Scottish Government has subsequently extended the right to vote in these elections to convicted prisoners sentenced to 12 months or less.

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