Should prisoners have the vote? (POLL) Leicester MP Keith Vaz wants your view
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz has asked city residents to send him their views on whether or not prisoners should be able to vote in elections.
You can also vote in our Mercury poll and have your say at www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk
The Government is expected to make a statement to the Commons on Thursday which will outline proposed legislation on the issue. This follows a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights which said Britain must remove its blanket ban on prisoners voting by Friday.
Mr Vaz said: "Prisoners in the UK do not currently have the right to vote. The deadline on Friday to remove the ban means the Government will be forced to legislate. This is clearly a controversial, yet important issue, and I would be grateful to hear constituents' views.''
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Options in the bill could include votes for those serving less than six months, or those serving less than four years.
Currently, 18 European countries give prisoners the right to vote.
Let us know what you think - you can add your comments below and vote in our poll at the top right of this page. You can also tell Mr Vaz your opinion, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org And take part in his poll at: www.keithvazmp.com