Shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve said:
"The principle that those who are in custody after conviction should not have the opportunity to vote is a perfectly rational one. "Civic rights go with civic responsibility, but these rights have been flagrantly violated by those who have committed imprisonable offences. "The government must allow a parliamentary debate which gives MPs the opportunity to insist on retaining our existing practise that convicted prisoners can't vote."If this goes through then 45% of the prison population will have the right to vote. I wonder how many will vote Labour? I would like to think that if the Conservatives win the next election, they will tell the European Court of Human Rights where to poke their prisoner voting rights. This is an issue that should be put to the people.