Campaigning to restore the lifelong right to vote for all UK citizens overseas
It is estimated that around one million Britons living overseas have been denied the right to vote due to the fifteen year rule.
The three main political parties in the UK have differing opinions on Votes for Life, with the Labour Party maintaining silence on the subject in the 2017 election.
The Liberal Democrats 2017 manifesto declared that it will “enable all UK citizens living abroad to vote for MPs in separate overseas constituencies and to participate in UK referendums”.
In the 2017 General Elections, the Conservative party manifesto included the following:
“Our democratic institutions may be ancient but should not be neglected. We will continue to modernise and improve our electoral registration process, making it as accessible as possible so that every voice counts. We will legislate for votes for life for British overseas electors.” (Conservative Party manifesto, Forward Together, May 2017, p.42).
It was also included in the 2010 and 2015 manifestos.
To date, this has not been delivered but we now have the second reading of a bill to introduce Votes for Life on Feb 23 2018 which was introduced by Glynn Davies MP.
We have prepared a template letter for you to write or email your MP. Please remember to include the postcode or address in your previous UK constituency so that the MP can verify your eligibility to communicate with them. There are also downloadable memes which you can tweet or share on social media. Please ‘Like’ our Campaign Facebook Page to keep up with the latest news.
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Give all British citizens living abroad the right to vote and dedicated MPs
About 1 million British citizens living abroad do not have the right to vote due to their overseas residency exceeding 15 years. They therefore lack representation in Parliament. And, British Citizens living abroad for under 15 years may only vote in a constituency they no longer live in…. More details