Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that prisoners must get the vote. Although the court stated that only a “blanket” ban was unacceptable, and that the government could therefore retain the discretion to withold the right to certain prisoners, it also made clear that it believed the “trend” was towards an increasing extension of the vote to prisoners.
David commented that “This regrettable decision is an infringement of the UK Parliament’s right to decide on matters which are fundamental to the British way of life, and which are not appropriate to judicial intervention.
“This will inevitably lead to a clash between the express wishes of the UK Parliament and the assertions of the European court and will not help the court achieve its important functions in stopping breaches of fundamental rights throughout Europe.”
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