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Ministers in climbdown over prisoner vote

The government is preparing to scale back plans to give the right to vote to thousands of prisoners serving sentences of under four years.

Ministers, who proposed law changes after a European Court of Human Rights ruling, now hope to limit the right to those sentenced to a year or less.

However, they say they are aware this policy could be tested in the courts and that they might lose again.

The initial voting plans faced strong opposition from Conservative MPs.

Adam Fleming reports.

  • 20 Jan 2011
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