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.

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Herbert: Voting in prisons is not a human right

Nick Herbert, the former minister for policing and criminal justice, has opposed prisoners getting the vote on the basis that it is a "civic right, not a fundamental human right".

In a blog for ConservativeHome, he added:

Today’s move is unlikely to solve the prisoner vote stand-off: it will merely kick the can down the street.

Theincreasing tension between the UK and Strasbourg cannot be left to fester, andthe prisoner voting issue is just one of a number that will require us to makesome hard choices.

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