David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, voted to support a House of Commons motion yesterday (11 Feb) that says that prisoners should not be allowed to vote. The text of the motion Mr Evennett voted for is below:
That this House notes the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v the United Kingdom in which it held that there had been no substantive debate by members of the legislature on the continued justification for maintaining a general restriction on the right of prisoners to vote; acknowledges the treaty obligations of the UK; is of the opinion that legislative decisions of this nature should be a matter for democratically-elected lawmakers; and supports the current situation in which no prisoner is able to vote except those imprisoned for contempt, default or on remand.
During the debate, Mr Evennett made an intervention on one of the proposers of the motion, Rt Hon David Davis MP, asking:
“Does he agree that giving votes to any prisoners is quite incomprehensible to our constituents, who sent us here to make the rules and the laws, not to have the European Court make them for us?”