Up to 100 prisoners on short sentences to be given right to vote

Change in rules will apply to offenders out on temporary release licence and aims to end 12-year dispute with Strasbourg court

Fewer than 100 prisoners will get the right to vote under changes to prison service guidance that it is hoped will end a 12-year dispute threatening Britain’s membership of the European court of human rights.

David Lidington, the justice secretary, confirmed to MPs on Thursday that the government intends to change prison rules to allow “up to 100 offenders” on short sentences to vote while they are out of prison on a temporary release licence.

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