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Prisoners deserve the vote say campaigners

A national campaign to give prisoners the vote was launched today.
Backers include former Conservative home secretary Lord Douglas Hurd of Westwell and Liberal Democrat president Simon Hughes MP.

The Barred from Voting campaign organised by the Prison Reform Trust and national ex-offenders' organisation Unlock, wants a review of the 135-year-old law which strips inmates of their voting rights.

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy was accused by his political opponents of being 'soft on crime' four weeks ago when he backed giving the vote to all prisoners, saying: 'We believe that citizens are citizens, full stop.'

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