First min­is­ter against vote for all prison­ers

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

The first min­is­ter has stated her opposition to giv­ing all prison­ers the right to vote af­ter a Holy­rood com­mit­tee backed the move.

Ni­cola Stur­geon said she did not agree with the con­clu­sion of the Equal­i­ties and Hu­man Rights Com­mit­tee that prison­ers serv­ing cus­to­dial sen­tences should be en­fran­chised.

Ms Stur­geon told First Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions a “grown-up” de­bate over the is­sue was needed fol­low­ing de­vo­lu­tion of the rel­e­vant power to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

But in re­sponse to a ques­tion from Tory MSP Murdo Fraser she em­pha­sised she was not in favour of giv­ing all prison­ers the vote.

Mr Fraser raised the view of John Muir, a cam­paigner for vic­tims of crime whose son Damien was stabbed to death in Greenock in 2007, that such a move would be an “ob­scen­ity” and an “in­sult”.

Ms Stur­geon said: “The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment will need to con­sider how to en­sure com­pli­ance with the Eu­ro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights rul­ing. But I have to say I am not of the view this should lead to the en­fran­chis­ing of all prison­ers.”

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