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Davis and Straw unite to force vote on giving prisoners the right to vote

David Davis and Jack Straw are to launch a move to force a Parliamentary vote on giving prisoners the right to vote, PoliticsHome has learned.

The former Shadow Home Secretary and former Home Secretary will today seek to use the Backbench Business Committee to arrange a vote within weeks.

Mr Davis told PoliticsHome.com "There are two main issues here. First is whether or not it is moral or even decent to give the vote to rapists, violent offenders or sex offenders. The second is whether it is proper for the European court to overrule a Parliament."

Tory MPs are very unhappy about plans by the Coalition to give the vote to prisoners, a key Liberal Democrat policy.

David Cameron has said that the idea makes him "physically ill" but the Government was determined to avoid being bogged down by expensive court challenges after the European Court of Human Rights ruled on the case last year.

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