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08 February 2011

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Ronnie

I find it hard to understand why any prisoners should be deprived of the right to vote; I should be quite happy to extend the franchise also to peers and lunatics. Do you know if prisoners would vote at their prison or home addresses? I suppose one has to imagine a candidate returned by 10 votes or losing by 10 votes in a constituency with a prison containing 10 murderers,10 rapists or 10 vicars who had failed to pay a fine for riding a bicycle without lights.

Ronnie

Tony

nice to see you again ronnie.
prisoners on remand already vote. they have a postal vote. i suspect this will happen when convicted prisoners are given the vote.
the summary of evidence from the house of commons political and constitutional reform committee can be found here

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmpolcon/776/77602.htm

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