- UK Government and Parliament
- United Kingdom
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is trying to force the UK Government and Parliament to change its laws to allow prisoners to have the right to vote and to pay compensation to those who have been denied the right to vote.
If you believe the ECHR is wrong to do this, that prisoners should not have the right to vote and that Europe should not be meddling in the UK justice system then please sign this petition.
Under current British law, convicted criminals sentenced to serve time in prison are prohibited from voting in elections. This has been a longstanding law and a recent opinion poll for Policy Exchange by YouGov demonstrated that 69% of the public opposed prisoners getting the right to vote.
The ECHR decided that this ‘blanket ban’ breached the human rights of a killer who brutally killed an elderly lady with an axe. If you believe that criminals in prison should not get the vote, then sign this petition to ask that the Government and Parliament stand up for Britain.
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.
The No to Prisoner Votes petition to UK Government and Parliament was written by Priti Patel MP and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.