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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kenneth Clarke misleads Parliament

Kenneth Clarke misleads Parliament

Dear Thomas

Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife) (Lab): Will the Lord Chancellor update the House on the Government's thinking on prisoners having the right to vote?

Mr Kenneth Clarke: The Government, led by my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, are giving careful consideration to that point.

Do you realise that the coalition gave the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe the same reply in September and that the CoM replied that there was no evidence to support the statement? In other words, they were caught out lying. By the same token, do you not think that in response to your question that Kenneth Clarke has misled Parliament?

Yours sincerely

John Hirst (Hirst v UK (No2))

4. noted, that according to the information provided by the United Kingdom authorities during the meeting, the new government is actively considering the best way of implementing the judgment;

5. regretted, however, that no tangible and concrete information was presented to the Committee on how the United Kingdom now intends to abide by the judgment;

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