Few members of the public and even fewer MPs would argue with the appeal court ruling on whole life tariffs. Keeping in prison, for the rest of their lives, the very few prisoners who have committed the most heinous of acts seems reasonable at first glance. It may however, spark another spat between parliament and the European court of human rights when its grand chamber rules on an appeal from Jeremy Bamber on the very same issue.

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