IT’S an issue that sparks strong opinions, but one that could cost this country millions of pounds in compensation claims.
Most people think it’s wrong to the point of being abhorrent to give prisoners the vote.
Our politicians are also deeply divided over the rights and wrongs with Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman in favour and Colne Valley Tory Jason McCartney and Dewsbury Conservative and barrister Simon Reevell both against.
But the British Government has been ‘let off the hook’ on this one by a ruling from the European Court Of Human Rights which says Britain must give some prisoners voting rights or else potentially face paying out millions in compensation claims. That must be avoided, so give them the vote.
You never know, if they have the right many inmates may never bother using it.