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Island MP Calls for Parliament to Refuse Prisoner Voting Rights

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TEHRAN, April 15 (ICANA) – Andrew Turner is calling on parliament to refuse to implement prisoner voting rights after the European Court of Human Rights refused to hear the Government's appeal on the issue.
Friday, April 15, 2011 8:02:31 PM
Island MP Calls for Parliament to Refuse Prisoner Voting Rights

In current British law criminals are denied the right to vote. However, following a successful bid by a convicted killer to challenge this in the European Court of Human Rights, the British Government were told they must now change the law.

In February a majority of MPs voted to appeal the decision but the Grand Chamber has now refused to hear the appeal and says the law must be changed, and implemented within the next 6 months, iwradio.co.uk reported.

In a statement Andrew Turner says, "The Grand Chamber's refusal to even hear the British Government's appeal demonstrates the contempt in which the British people, and their representatives, are held by the European Court of Human Rights.

"This is another example of an unelected European authority trampling on the will of Parliament. I will strongly urge the Government to acknowledge the sovereignty of Parliament and refuse to implement this European directive.

"The sooner we pull out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, dump the Human Rights Act, and introduce our own British Bill of Rights the better."

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