The Parliamentary Joint Committee on the draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill will this week take evidence from Lord Ramsbotham, former Chief Inspector of Prisons, as well as two QCs and organisations involved in campaigning on human rights
Wednesday 26 June, Committee Room 8, House of Commons
- Lord Ramsbotham, former Chief Inspector of Prisons
- Nuala Mole, founder of the Aire Centre
- Aidan O’Neill QC, Human Rights Lawyer at Matrix Chambers
- Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE
- Lord Faulks QC, from 1 Chancery Lane Chambers
With Lord Ramsbotham the Committee will focus on the administrative challenges facing prisons if changes to the rules allowing prisoners to vote are introduced, how prison staff would react to such changes and whether gaining the right to vote is a priority for most prisoners.
In the second part of the session the Committee will focus on the status of the right to vote in the European Convention on Human Rights and what legitimate restrictions could be placed on that right.