Our priority now is to hold the Conservative government to its manifesto promise to scrap the 15 year limit on overseas voting. Therefore, every Conservative MP needs to be lobbied e.g. by e-mail before the Queen’s Speech on 27 May (scroll down to our suggested text which is highlighted in bold).
A record number of overseas voters applied to register to vote at this General Election and it is now vital that the intention to put forward a bill on this issue is set out in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015.
The 15 year limit must be scrapped and a more efficient voting system introduced before an EU Referendum takes place (see report below to the Electoral Commission on the non-arrival of voting papers and other aspects of the voting system):
If not, many overseas citizens resident in the EU will have no vote and no say on an issue that directly affects both their personal and professional status in their EU country of residence.
We do not want this manifesto promise shuffled off into the Government box of promises never opened. So what can you do to ensure that the scrapping of the 15 year rule appears in the Queen’s Speech?
Ideally, as a first step, every Conservative MP needs to be lobbied before 27 May with the suggested text as follows:
British Citizens Abroad: Votes for Life
Dear [Insert Name] MP,
David Cameron promised in the Conservative manifesto to “introduce votes for life, scrapping the rule that bars British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting”.
It is vital that the intention to put forward a bill on this issue is set out in the Queen’s Speech.
Moreover, it is vital that the Bill is passed before any EU referendum takes place so that all British citizens residing in the EU have a say in that referendum, particularly those working/resident in other EU countries, as their personal and professional status will be directly affected by the outcome.
Please pass this request on to the PM’s office now. And when this issue is debated, please support the right of British citizens to vote in the UK.
[Insert Name] Constituent
To make this process as efficient as possible, please follow these suggested guidelines:
- Look at the list of constituencies in red at the end of the report ( 1013 dossier-votes_BCave_180515 ) to the Electoral Commission. If you see your constituency is listed, this means this MP has already been contacted but it would be great if you could still contact that MP to reinforce the message.
- If your constituency isn’t listed, please let us know that, and that you will be contacting the relevant MP. If friends/family in the UK are also prepared to contact MPs on your behalf, let us know which MPs as well.
- In the case of either 1 or 2, let us know what you are doing by replying to Brian Cave at the email below with your name and Constituency. We will use this information to confirm and record how many MPs have been contacted.
- When writing to your MP, please copy/send an email based on the proposed message above and send it with a top priority indication to your MP.
- The list of MPs is to be found via the link below: Look up your constituency – even if you left it 20 years ago. Pressure must be put on the politicians to act in our interest. http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
Brian Cave & Jane Golding
Send an email to Brian Cave at : firstname.lastname@example.org