Parliament to discuss expat votes

Expats urged to have their say on eve of parliamentary vote debate

As a Parliamentary Select Committee prepares to meet on 13 October to discuss the rights of expats to vote in the UK, the general public is being urged to make submissions.

For many years, expats have campaigned against the rule by which UK expatriates lose their right to vote in the UK after 15 years, despite the fact that many of them continue to pay taxes in the UK. Expats can find themselves without a say on legislation that would still affect them, such as pension reform.

A Parliamentary Select Committee is meeting to discuss this, among other subjects, on 13 October, and the general public has been invited to make submissions prior to the debate. Those who wish to make a submission should contact The Cabinet Office at electoralregistration@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk and the Minister for Constitutional Reform, Mark Harper, at harperm@parliament.uk.

The debate itself will take place at 10am UK (11am Continental time_ and will be televised at www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Live.aspx

For more details about the issues concerning votes for expats visit http://votes-for-expat-brits.com, a website set up by the British Community Committee of France.