EU may force UK to give criminals vote (Birmingham Post 3 February 2006)
The Government is to hold a consultation on the right of prisoners to vote, it was announced yesterday. The move, following legal action by a Midland prisoner, comes after the European Court of Human Rights ruled in October that the British law banning internees from taking part in elections was a human rights violation.
The European Union cannot force the British Government to give criminals the right to vote in elections. The European Court of Human Rights is not an EU institution but part of the Council of Europe, which was founded in 1949 and is an intergovernmental consultative organisation consisting of 46 countries.