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John Hirst: Voting 'a human right for prisoners'

22 November 2012 Last updated at 16:35 GMT

Former prisoner John Hirst says prisoners should be able to vote because it is their human right.

Mr Hirst, who was convicted of manslaughter in 1980, launched a legal action against the government over the ban preventing prisoners from voting.

On Thursday, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told MPs they could vote to defy a European Court of Human Rights ruling and keep the ban on prisoners voting.

But Mr Grayling said there would be a "political cost" in doing so.