Category Archives: Electoral Reform & Overseas Voter Reg.

The Hard-Won-Easily-Lost Right to Vote.

The historically, hard-won right to vote in a democratic British society was not willingly conceded by the political class at the time, but equally can still be rather easily lost again through political calculation or neglect e.g. as in the case of the … Continue reading

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British Diaspora is a National Resource.

Why doesn’t the British government show more interest, compared with other countries such as the US, in retaining links with its citizens moving overseas? One illustration of this is that after 15 years away,  British citizens living overseas automatically lose their … Continue reading

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Outdated Objections to British Voters Overseas

The previous objections below to British voters overseas quoted in the House of Commons Library Standard Note:SN/PC/5923 “Overseas Voters”, seem now rather outdated in an Internet age, when British citizens around the world were able to take pride in British achievements at the … Continue reading

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Lord Lexden Continues to Challenge the 15-Year-limit for Overseas Voters.

The extract below from the 25th July, 2012 House of Lords debate on electoral reform, shows how Lord Lexden in particular continues to take the lead in challenging the 15-year limit for British citizens voting from overseas. You can show your support if you … Continue reading

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MP’s Letter to Constituent Losing his Right to Vote

Brian Cave is a British expatriate who has diligently registered to vote  via his local UK Election Registration Officer for the past 14 years while resident in France. He has written in protest to his current MP Mark Harper because he will lose … Continue reading

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Two Overseas Voting Issues for Lords.

The Electoral Registration & Administration Bill passed through the Commons last week, with the next step scrutiny of the wording and debate in the House of Lords. This could well be as early as next week. In addressing the case of British overseas … Continue reading

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New Clause 3 for Overseas Voting Rights withdrawn!

The New Clause 3 brought up and read a second time before being subsequently withdrawn by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con), during the 27th June Commons debate on the Electoral Registration & Administration Bill, would have removed the 15 year qualifying period … Continue reading

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Electoral Reform & Overseas Voter Registration

Below is an update on Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown’s progress in Parliament on 19th June and the important Clause 3 which seeks to remove the 15 year time limit on British overseas voters, to be debated 27th June, 2012. Highlighting the major difficulties with the … Continue reading

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