Margaret Hales a key member of our campaign team has a forthcoming trip to Warsaw, Poland and is looking to rally further support within the British community there (see below). If you, or any of your friends/family, know any Brits now living in Poland, especially Warsaw, please revert directly to Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dear Professor Clapham,
I apologise for writing out of the blue!
I am Margaret Hales, a member of a small but very active group of British citizens living abroad who are working to highlight the problems which beset Britons living abroad and lobbying to have them rectified.
I worked for more than 25 years at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England, finally retiring as director of a major university/government project. 7 years ago my husband and I emigrated to Spain only to discover that after 15 years we would lose the vote. I have submitted evidence to the All Parliamentary Working Group chaired by Lord Norton.
My ancestor was Emmeline Pankhurst who, not much less than 100 years ago, fought to gain universal suffrage. Yet today if we live abroad for more than 15 years we have our vote taken away.
If we move to certain countries around the world our pensions are frozen, Canada and Australia being to prime examples (but not the USA and Bermuda!).
When the British government needs savings, it fabricates (!) temperature figures in France and Spain to avoid giving pensioners their Winter Fuel Allowance (which of course they paid for in their Nation Insurance contributions).
Fortunately a few MPs in Westminster and VP EU Commissioner Viviane Reding have recognised our cause. I recently went as part of a 14 strong delegation to Brussels to discuss these issues and am keen to talk to British citizens living in Warsaw when I happen to be in the city at a Conference.
Would it be possible to meet you and any other British Citizens living in Warsaw you may know?
I arrive in Warsaw Chopin airport on Thursday 3 October at 17.40 and am staying at the Hotel Mercure Central in Warsaw. I am attending a conference on the Friday and return early Saturday morning. My contact details are home +34 966 197 239 and mobile +44 7768 118379.
Hoping to hear from you,