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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.

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Large amount of political opposition to prisoners voting

A large amount of MPs from across the political spectrum are opposed to giving prisoners the right to vote in elections.

David Cameron is strongly opposed to prisoners voting in elections. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron said the idea made him feel sick, while in a non-binding vote in Fenruary, MPs voted overwhelmingly by 234 to 22 to maintain the blanket ban.

In its ruling in 2005, the European Court of Human Rights said denying prisoners the vote was a breach of their human rights.

While individual countries could decide which prisoners were not entitled to vote, it said a blanket ban was illegal.

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