Palma.—On Friday, members of Conservatives Abroad Majorca gathered at the Nawaab restaurant at Santa Ponsa Yacht Club for lunch with the Conservative MP and former Captain in the Royal Green Jackets, Tobias Ellwood, MP, for Bournemouth East.

Following his re-election to Parliament at the last election, Ellwood was appointed PPS to then Defence Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, and in October 2011 was appointed PPS to the Minister for Europe The Rt. Hon David Lidington, MP, in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Last time he spoke to the Bulletin in June last year, he was busy drawing up a policy for the future of the armed forces with a careful balance between the regular and the reserve forces.

However, over lunch, after having told members that Britain is currently in a much better place than it may appear in the media, as in the Conservative Party, the main concerns of those who attended the lunch were immigration, the European Union referendum, and changing the voting rights for expatriates who, thanks to changes introduced by the former Labour government, lose their right to vote in UK elections after 15 years.

There was also concern about the tough means tests expatriates have to endure if they decided to return to live in the UK after having been abroad for some length of time.


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