ECHR: No damages for prisoners denied vote

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12th August 2014

The UK has breached prisoners' rights by refusing to give them the vote, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

However, the ECHR said the 10 Scottish prisoners, who challenged the UK Government for compensation after they were denied the right to vote in the 2009 European elections, were not entitled to payments.

Responding to the ruling, the Ministry of Justice said the Government had "always been clear that it believes prisoner voting is an issue that should ultimately be decided in the UK."

The ruling comes amid a report that the Home Secretary is pushing for Britain to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Daily Mail reports that Theresa May believes complete withdrawal is the only credible option to enable the deportation dangerous of foreign criminals.

"There are people in Downing Street who talk about some kind of halfway house," a source told the paper. "Theresa is convinced that won’t work and is expected to back complete withdrawal."