MPs set for new prisoner vote debate
Yvette Cooper has said the Labour party will oppose giving prisoners the vote when the issue returns to the Commons on Thursday.
The Government is set to offer three options to MPs: whether prisoners incarcerated for four years or less should be given the vote; whether prisoners incarcerated for six months or less should have the vote; or whether no prisoners should be allowed to vote.
The Shadow Home Secretary Ms Cooper said today on the Sunday Politics that she expected Parliament to retain the blanket ban, despite it being ruled unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights.
“I’ve always taken the view that if somebody’s committed a crime that is serious enough to take away their liberty, then actually for that period they should also be deprived of the right to vote. I think that is sensible, I think that is proportionate, and so I think that’s been the view of the House of Commons and I expect that will continue to be the view of the House of Commons.”
The Commons debate comes ahead of Friday’s deadline for the Government to respond to the ECHR judgement, and Ms Cooper urged the court to consider whether or not Parliament was being “proportionate” in its consideration of the matter.