1. Libby Wiener

European Court gives Britain breathing space over ban on prisoners' vote

David Cameron's blanket ban on prisoners' voting rights is opposed by the European Court of Human Rights. Credit: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

The Government has won some breathing space over the contentious issue of giving prisoners the right to vote – a proposal which the Prime Minister said made him feel “physically ill”.

The European Court of Human Rights had demanded Britain lift a blanket ban on prisoners being allowed to vote but has now given the Government another six months to comply.

The Court, giving judgement in an Italian case with implications for Britain, also suggests that each state could have a “wide discretion” as to how it regulates the ban.

Perhaps some scope there for the Prime Minister to claim Strasbourg is backing down.