STAFF REPORTER

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THE chairman of Majorca's Conservatives Abroad group has called on Balearic residents to ensure that they are registered to vote in future UK polls.
Peter Newey has urged ex-pats to ensure they are eligible to vote in any forthcoming UK general or European parliament elections. “I personally have fought for a long time for this and fronted delegations to Brussels to ensure that people get the chance to vote. “Tony Blair disenfranchised a lot of voters abroad when he changed the legislation regarding the residential qualifying period of voters outside the UK,” said Mr Newey.

Now a person must have resided outside the UK for a maximum of 15 years if they want to vote. Previously, it was for 20 years.