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PM: 'No votes for prisoners'

The Prime Minister has insisted that "prisoners are not getting the vote." Conservative MPs reacted angrily to a report in the Guardian that ministers are preparing to comply with a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

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Government could get compensation bill over prisoner voting rights

  • The Commons voted by an overwhelming margin of 234 to 22 in February to maintain the blanket ban rather than ease it in line with the European judgement.
  • Although the motion was not binding on the coalition, the Prime Minister indicated he intended to defy the European Court of Human Rights.
  • David Cameron previously said the idea of allowing prisoners to vote made him "physically ill."
  • There are concerns the Government could face a huge compensation bill if it does not bring forward reforms before the ECHR's deadline of the end of November.

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