Voting Rights For The UK Prisoners

Should prisoners be given the right to vote is the new question to be answered by the UK government. Back in 2005 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that banning the prisoners from their voting rights was illegal, that`s why now the UK government is negotiating a solution suitable for both sides.

There are three options for the coalition – to comply with the ruling, to delay the decision or face a sustainable fine. It is thought that the government is now working on a draft bill, which will give voting rights to a limited number of prisoners. In addition, the decision is expected to be delayed until the end of November (which is the official deadline), as the police commissioner elections are due on 17th November.

At 2005, when this ruling has been announced by the ECHR, David Cameron said that it would make him “sick” to give prisoners any voting right. He also mentioned that in his opinion, this issue should be “a matter for Parliament”, but not  a foreign court”.

According to unnamed sources for Downing Street, the Prime Minister still believed that ” when people go to prison, they lose their right to vote”.

According to Tory backbencher Dominic Raab there is a minimal chance of fines, in case the UK does not comply with the ruling and no chance for the UK to be ejected from the EU Council

On the contrary according to Attorney General Dominic Grieve the UK must comply with the ECHR ruling or ” risk making itself a pariah state ”

However a government source told the BBC “It is completely untrue. It’s not happening. It’s complete nonsense.”

Which version is the correct one, will soon become clear, currently in the UK, only prisoners on remand are given voting rights.

At this stage we cannot discuss the prisoner rights to vote, however we believe that everyone must have the right to access our free legal documents.


Life-Sentenced Murderer to Appeal his Verdict in European Human Rights Court

Jeremy Bamber, the convicted murderer, who was given the right to appeal against his life sentence by claiming this sentence is a human-rights infringement.

Jeremy Bamber was jailed for life in 1986 for killing his adoptive parents, his sister and her two children. He never plead guilty and refused to make any confessions.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg will make a decision on whether the UK law, according to which he is going to be detained for the rest of his life amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Along with two other cases for murdering, Jeremy`s case will be heard on 28 November. In January the European human rights judgesmade a ruling that it was not “grossly disproportionate” for the most notorious and dangerous British criminals to be jailed for life. However this will be tested by the grand chamber of the ECHR.

In 2008 Douglas Vinter killed her wife after already having spent 9 years in jail for murdering a colleague. Bamber was granted the appeal followig Douglas`s successful appeal.

Simon McKay-Bamber`s solicitor, said: “It is part of his long battle to challenge the home-secretary of the day going beyond what the trial judge said would be the appropriate sentence he should receive.He’s encouraged by it, but he’s realistic and acknowledges that it’s just another stepping point.”The final analysis will depend on what the Grand Chamber says in the end.”

The government has to stand firm. A spokesman from the Ministry of Justice said: “The European court upheld the view of our domestic courts that the imposition of whole-life tariffs for the most exceptionally serious cases is justified. It goes without saying that the government will be fighting the case vigorously in the grand chamber and defending the principle of the whole-life tariff.”