What is more, think of all the people who have been posted overseas and will eventually return to the UK with their family or still have family there. It is not as if we've all turned our backs on Britain and no longer care.
However, there is hope. In a major speech on the Second Reading of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill in the Lords on July 24, Lord Lexden welcomed the government's commitment to making the UK's electoral registers as accurate and complete as possible, and argued strongly that the existing 15-year limit on the voting rights of British citizens overseas should be abolished and I know he is going to officially call for the bill to be amended to include that the 15-year rule is abolished, Niblett said yesterday.
We certainly do not want it changed because, should Labour return to government, they will just reduce it again. We want it abolished, he stressed.
And, based on the fact that there are some 2.5 million British expatriates, Niblett also urged the Prime Minister, who flew to Majorca with Ryanair on Monday afternoon, to consider following the example set by the French and having an MP who is responsible for the concerns and welfare of Britons living overseas. I think these are the two key factors Conservatives abroad would like David Cameron to take on board and when possible address, hopefully in favour of British expatriates, Niblett added.
The Prime Minister is on the island with a working office and there were reports from the UK yesterday that he is planning an Autumn cabinet reshuffle during his Majorcan holiday.
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