Posted by: John Brace | 13 April 2011

Votes for prisoners – Why does the Labour Party falsely claim it is a Lib Dem policy when our Lib Dem MPs voting against votes for prisoners?

Labour pose the question in their leaflet, “Are you aware that the Liberal Democrat Party has long been in favour of votes for prisoners?”

On 10th February 2011 the House of Commons voted on a motion to continue denying prisoners the vote.

The following Lib Dem MPs voted against votes for prisoners. If as Labour state it was party policy do you think MPs would be voting against their own party?:-

Stephen Gilbert
Mike Hancock
John Pugh (MP for nearby Southport)
Bob Russell

The motion was won by 234 votes to 22. The full debate and how individual MPs voted is a matter of public record here.