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Cameron to fight prison voting plan

David Cameron has put the UK on collision course with Europe's human rights court as he signalled he will fight plans forcing the UK to give prisoners voting rights.

The Prime Minister insisted the decision was one for MPs, not a "foreign court", after human rights judges issued an ultimatum giving Britain six months to change the law.

He told MPs he backed their overwhelming vote last year that effectively opposed the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling.

At Prime Minister's Questions, he said: "I have always believed when you are sent to prison you lose certain rights and one of those rights is the right to vote.

"Crucially, I believe this should be a matter for Parliament to decide, not a foreign court. Parliament has made its decision and I completely agree with it."


From Belfast Telegraph