The General Secretary of the Association of Prisoners, is a serving prisoner, who wishes to remain anonymous at this point in time, for personal reasons, and will make a public announcement in due course. In the meantime, John Hirst aka Jailhouselawyer, to the online community, is the former General Secretary of the AoP, and presently its Legal Adviser, Political Adviser, and Media Adviser.
Elkan Abrahamson of AS Law (solicitors), Liverpool, legally represents the General Secretary of the Association of Prisoners, and the AoP, as does Flo Krause, barrister.
“Parliament and you
Any citizen of the European Union, or resident in a Member State, may, individually or in association with others, submit a petition to the European Parliament on a subject which comes within the European Union's fields of activity and which affects them directly. Any company, organisation or association with its headquarters in the European Union may also exercise this right of petition, which is guaranteed by the Treaty.
A petition may take the form of a complaint or a request and may relate to issues of public or private interest.
The petition may present an individual request, a complaint or observation concerning the application of EU law or an appeal to the European Parliament to adopt a position on a specific matter. Such petitions give the European Parliament the opportunity of calling attention to any infringement of a European citizen's rights by a Member State or local authorities or other institution” (Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/parliament/public/staticDisplay.do?id=49&language=en).
Juliet Lyon is the Director of the Prison Reform Trust (PRT), and whilst is not a member of the AoP, nevertheless is in support of convicted prisoners being allowed the franchise.
Geoff Dobson is the Deputy Director of the PRT.
Mike Fitzgerald is a Social and Political Scientist, formerly a Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Open University. He spent 4 years closely associated with the formation and development of the prisoners union PROP (Preservation of the Rights of Prisoners). He is the author of Prisoners in Revolt, (Penguin, 1977).