Essex MP Priti Patel has launched a petition calling on Parliament and the Government to stand up Europe’s bullying bureaucrats and judges who are trying to force Britain to change the law and grant prisoners the right to vote. On Thursday (10 February 2011) Parliament will debate the issue with the Government set to bring forward legislation this year. Priti Patel MP said:
“The overwhelming majority of the British people are against prisoners getting the right to vote and people find it disgusting that Europe believes prisoners responsible for horrendous crimes should be allowed to vote. It’s time for Parliament and Government to hold the unelected bureaucrats and judges living in their ivory towers in Strasbourg to account.”
“My constituents and people across the country are fed up with Europe meddling in our domestic affairs and human rights being used as an excuse for being soft on crime and letting criminals off the hook. Europe’s decision to attack our laws and threaten to make the Government pay compensation to prisoners not allowed to vote is disgraceful. This case is yet another reason why Parliament needs to assert its sovereignty over Europe and ensure that British people make British laws.”
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Title and text of petition:
To the House of Commons.
The petition of the residents of the Witham constituency, and others,
Declares that the Petitioners object to the decision made by the European Court of Human Rights to grant convicted criminals held in UK prisons the right to vote; that the petitioners believe that those who have committed crimes against individuals and society and have been deprived of their liberty by being sent to prison upon conviction should not be granted the right to vote in any election to the House of Commons, European Parliament, local authorities, or devolved administrations; and that the Petitioners are concerned about the actions of European supranational institutions attempting to force the United Kingdom to grant prisoners the right to vote and to pay compensation to prisoners who are not given the right to vote.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all action necessary to ensure that prisoners are not granted the right to vote, that no compensation is paid to prisoners in respect of this matter, and that the sovereignty of Parliament is defended.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.