The right to vote might be seen to be a human right by the European Court of Human Rights, but giving the right to vote to prisoners is proving to be a controversial issue.
Those who have been victims of crime, like Theresa Cave whose son Chris was stabbed to death, do not believe that prisoners have the right to make their voice heard.
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Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close due to snow.
Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he would be making his international return.
It's causing chaos on the region's roads but the snow has created some stunning landscapes across the North East.