Votes for Life Petition - deadline 2 May

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:00

In the Conservatives 2015 manifesto, after much lobbying by New Europeans and others, the party pledged to give overseas UK voters a Vote for Life.

They have failed to deliver on this promise.

When the Prime Minister made her announcement of an early General Election, Roger Casale, Founder and CEO of New Europeans and former Labour MP for Wimbledon, immediately wrote to Chris Skidmore MP, the Minister for the Constitution.

We demanded emergency legislation to make good the Conservative's maifesto pledge.

Read the letter to the Minister for the Constitution here

The minister's office wrote back to confirm that the government had no intention of doing so.

In the meantime, hundreds of UK citizens abroad have mobilised to co-sign the letter to Chris Skidmore MP,

The demand for implementation of the Votes for Life promise has also been taken up by The Guardian newspaper.

Britains abroad for longer than 15 years denied vote in election

In a follow-up letter to the Prime Minister, New Europeans are calling for scrapping of the 15 year rule next week before parliament is dissolved on 3 May.

Read the letter to the Prime Minister here

A decision on new registation arrangements can wait until after the election, argue New Europeans - what is needed now is a short measure to remove the arbitrary 15 year ban.

There is certainly time to move this measure before parliament dissolves on 3 May the 8 June  and the government should be urged to do so.

We have set up a petition calling for the abolition of the 15 year rule.

Votes for Life Petition

We call on the Government to implement the Conservative Party's manifesto commitment to abolish the 15 year rule which bans UK voters overseas from voting in UK elections after 15 years residence abroad.

We call for this to be done in time for all UK citizens abroad to be able to register to vote in the next election on 8 June 2017.

You can sign the petition here.


Roger Casale (New Europeans), Lorraine Hardy (Labour International), Harry Shindler MBE,

Helen Harper (Conservatives Abroad) and Sir Roger Gale, House of Commons, November 2014






10 Downing St SW1 London
United Kingdom

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