Why does the government need to abolish the absurd 15-year restriction on voting rights? And why must British expats everywhere register to vote as soon as possible? Because as many as 9% of the British people live abroad!
And there’s a general election on 7th May, 2015.
A surprising statistic this 9% perhaps, but consider the following, based on the UK’s Annual Population Survey estimates for the year 2013, published on 28 August 2014 by the Office for National Statistics:
UK resident population – 62.6 million
minus non-British UK residents – 4.9 million
= Total number of British citizens in the UK – 57.7 million
plus the British abroad – 5.6 million (IPPR estimates based on British passports issued to addresses abroad)
= Total British citizens, resident in UK + abroad – 63.3 million
The British abroad as a percentage of all British = 8.8%
You still have time to register on-line to vote in the general election here on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote