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The prisoner

Peter Wayne did not have a vote but still won the election. Now the prisoners want parole

By Peter Wayne   June 1997

It was my fifth consecutive general election as a disenfranchised prisoner. It was the first I enjoyed. Over the previous few months I had devoured every column inch devoted to the campaign. Thoroughly educated in psephology and party politics, I knew, at last, the time had come.

I was in dour Barlinnie prison, Glasgow, when Margaret Thatcher first won the key to Number 10; ancient Durham gaol (with its tantalising views of the cathedral) as she rode again to victory in the wake of the Falklands. I found myself friendless and luckless in Albany on the Isle of Wight when…

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