ECHR's prisoner voting decision - Khan

22 May 2012

Sadiq KhanSadiq Khan MP, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, said on today’s prisoner voting decision by the European Court of Human Rights:
"Labour has consistently believed that those deprived of their freedom after being given a custodial sentence shouldn’t be entitled to vote. While we recognise the importance of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights, we feel the original decision back in 2004 was wrong, and that’s why the Labour government didn’t implement it, and we appealed again and again. On these kinds of issues, the European Court should be giving far more discretion to individual countries and this is an important reform that needs to be implemented.
"We will scrutinise very carefully any proposals the Government brings forward to give some prisoners the vote."