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Prisoner votes: MPs 'can force UK to keep ban'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has told MPs they could vote to defy a European Court of Human Rights ruling and keep the ban on prisoners voting.

But Mr Grayling said there would be a "political cost" in doing so.

He was speaking as he unveiled options in draft legislation to allow some prisoners to vote.

A spokesman for the Council of Europe, which oversees the court, called on the UK to "move forward" and comply with the ruling.

James Landale reports.

  • 22 Nov 2012
  • From the section UK
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