Labour: MPs' vote will strengthen UK position on ban

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said a Parliamentary vote on whether prisoners should be given the vote would strengthen the UK's argument that it should retain its ban - which is backed by Labour.

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper pictured addressing the House of Commons
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper pictured addressing the House of Commons Credit: PA/PA Wire

"You have to keep going back to the European Court on this because I think the job of the European Court is to look at what is proportionate, what is responsible", Ms Cooper told the BBC's Sunday Politics.

"We haven't passed laws on this before, even though we have passed motions, and I think when we do so, the European Court should look at it again".

British courts operate on the basis of assessing whether Parliament was acting in a "responsible and proportionate" way, she said, adding, "I think the European Court should take the same thing into account."

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Draft bill on prisoner voting

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said a joint Commons and Lords committee will consider proposals on prisoner voting, including the option of retaining the ban.