First minister against vote for all prisoners
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.”