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MP backs votes for prisoners’ law

SOLIHULL’S MP Lorely Burt has spoken out in favour of giving all prisoners the vote.

SOLIHULL’S MP Lorely Burt has spoken out in favour of giving all prisoners the vote.

Mrs Burt was one of just 22 MPs who supported a European ruling which demanded a change in UK law.

Britain is one of the few countries in the EU which has a blanket ban on all prisoners voting.

A House of Commons motion, carried by 234 votes, said that only those imprisoned for contempt, default or on remand should be allowed to vote.

A former assistant governor at Holloway Prison, Mrs Burt argued that prisoners were being deprived of “a human right”.

She denied being a “soft touch” and said in her previous role she had been threatened, tricked and assaulted in the job.

But she added the work had given her an insight into prison life, claiming that inmates had been treated “with contempt”.

“When we take away a prisoner’s human rights, we deny their humanity,” she told Parliament. “We are telling them that they are worthless and reinforcing their isolation from the world.”

 

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