About Your Vote

 
 
 
Good morning Colleagues
 
Firstly I would be most obliged if you will all listen to the following radio commercial from The Electoral Commission; http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/mp3_file/0007/165616/Mix-ElectoralComm40-VotingBackHome-29-1-14.mp3 and to use it in your various publications and to forward it on, thank you.
 
VOTES FOR EXPAT BRITS CAMPAIGN TEAM - REPORT FOR MONTH END FEBRUARY 2014

STATISTICS

Please find attached latest update in the breakdown of support statistics by country. The last breakdown of statistics were circulated at month end January 2014 when we had 3,553 supporters from 68 different countries. This has now risen to 3,668 supporters from  70 different countries, welcome on board Guinea Equitorial and Jamaica and nice to know that we are reaching all parts of the world. Significant increase +% changes, by individual countries, have been:-

Country

Support 28.02.14

Support 31.01.14

%  28.02.14

% 31.01.14

France

1,168

1,129

31.84%

31.78%

Spain

530

510

14.45%

14.35%

UK

246

231

6.71%

6.50%

Canada

168

164

4.58%

4.62%

Germany

104

97

2.84%

2.73%

USA

76

70

2.07%

1.97%

Belgium

45

39

1.23%

1.11%

Thailand

29

27

0.79%

0.76%

Luxembourg

21

19

0.57%

0.53%

Denmark

18

15

0.49%

0.42%

 

PETITIONS:-

1.  To sign the Stop the Governments victimisation of pensioners living abroad who have contributed to the welfare state by withdrawing their winter fuel payment petition; http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52121 currently standing at 16,070 - link to above to read the Government response.  This petition closes on 28.06.14. The minister responsible is Steve Webb MP - Minister of State for Pensions. Contact details; webbs@parliament.uk

2. To sign the Create MPs for expatriates similar to the French model petition; http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55085 currently standing at 3,262 signatures. This petition closes on 13.09.14. The minister responsible is Greg Clark MP -  Minister of State for Cities and the Constitution.  Contact details gregclarkmp@parliament.uk

PROGRESS REPORTS:-

  • Harry Shindler MBE
Following on from the meeting in January, which was attended by Harry´s Solicitor / Avvocato, of the European Parliament - Committee for Petitions, Brussels,   we are now waiting for an official response from the UK Government to the European Recommendation that the UK is "punishing" its expats for leaving the country by denying them the right to vote!" http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-77_en.htm
Harry is currently proceeding and preparing his application to the UN and we now wait to hear from Harry´s Solicitor / Avvocato, Charlotte Oliver  of Italian law firm Oliver & Partners, Rome;  http://www.oliverpartners.it/shindler-case-will-not-be-referred-to-the-echr-grand-chamber/ regarding further instructions.
 

On the 19th February Harry received his MBE from the UK ambassador to Italy, Christopher Prentice,  at his lodge in Rome; http://www.flickr.com/photos/ukinitaly/12633937784/. The day before Harry joined Roger Waters of Pink Floyd in unveiling a monument, in tribute to Roger´s late father Lt Eric Waters who was killed in the Anzio landings.

  • Bills currently before the UK Parliament concerning Britain’s relationship with the EU:-

    1. EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Private members Bill Mr Christopher Chope MP. The second reading has now been postponed until 28th February 2014. Awaiting further information.

    Objective - to set up a Commission to examine the current costs and benefits of the UK’s membership of the European Union.

    2. European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) Private Members Bill Mr Philip Hollobone MP. Second Reading provisionally booked for 28th February 2014. Awaiting further information.

    Objective – to take the UK out of the European Union.

    3. European Union (Referendum) Private Members Bill Mr James Wharton MP. This is now officially dead, but might possibly be re-invented in the next parliamentary session.

4. European Union (Withdrawl) Private Lords Members Bill - Lord Pearson of Rannoch. No date for any debate has yet been announced.

Objective - to take the UK out of the European Union.

  • The Pensions Bill Government Bill by Mr Iain Duncan Smith MP. This has almost completed its stages in the House of Lords. It has numerous amendments which have to be debated back to the Commons. Expatriate Pensioners and Prisoners are covered under the same heading! Clause 20 remains which would enable pensions to be frozen for British Citizens in the EU if the UK were to leave the EU. 
Objective - The establishment of a new basis for pensions.  Clause 20, contains which enables the government to freeze pensions for all expats if the UK were to leave the EU will most certainly now remain in place.
All Party working Group on Voting Abroad, chaired by Lord Norton of Louth. We have now been assured that a report will be released by the end of March, although after several delays don´t anybody hold their breath!

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS:-

VOTER REGISTRATION:-

How to do it - Provided you are not affected by the current arbitrary cut-off rule, of having lived 15 years outside of the UK, you are still entitled to vote in European Parliament, UK Parliament and other UK bodies. To find out click on; https://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register_to_vote/british_citizens_living_abroad/register_to_vote.aspx for details. It is important that we get the registration levels up very significantly and urge you, and any of your friends and colleagues who are similary qualified, to register immediately!

HEALTHCARE:-

Threat to early, retiree healthcare - Sustaining services, ensuring fairness. A consultation on migrant access and their financial contribution to NHS provision in England; http://www.lefourquet.net/DoH-07-13-healthcosts.pdf

OTHER ISSUES:-

British Government Revue of "Competences" - As a prelude to David Cameron´s desire to re-consider relationships with the EU, the UK Government is seeking opinions of various topics. Some of the topics are important to expatriates now resident on other EU countries.

1. EU Fundamental Human Rights -  https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/boc-fundamental-rights-review

The consultation form can be found at; https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/boc-fundamental-rights-review/consultation/intro/view

CONTACT DETAILS:-

1. To contact your last MP (provided, of course, you still have one and haven´t yet been disenfranchised!) http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

2. To contact your last UK MEP  http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/your_MEPs.html for a list of all EU MEPs by country; http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html;jsessionid=D556B1A10D13DFFCCC071536BB4D671D.node1

3. To contact British Newspapers and/or Overseas English Language Expat Newspapers http://www.world-newspapers.com/

SUPPORTING BLOG SITES:- 

Pensioners Debout; http://pensionersdebout.blogspot.fr - this is of course the site of Brian Cave from the Lot, France and Brian is always more than delighted to hear from and assist people who have problems with issues concerning Double Taxation Treaties, Healthcare and any other problems; lefourquet@gmail.com  .

Pensioners Battle with UK; http://www.clivewalley.com/292654985  - this is the site of Clive Walley who lives in the Alicante region of Spain who is a very pro active campaigner.

Frightened Politicians; http://westminster-gossip.blogspot.fr/ - this is the site of Adrian Milne who lives in the Languedoc region of France who has been a long time supporter

Votes for Expat Brits Blog; http://votes-for-expat-brits-blog.com/ - this is the site of the Votes for Expat Brits Campaign Team and is administered from Paris, France

If you know of any similar campaign sites please let me know and I will include them in our next month end report. Why not start your own campaign blog site?

STAY IN TOUCH:-
 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Votes-for-expat-Brits/262948640413190?ref=hl  &  https://twitter.com/Voting_Rights Social media is now proving quite popular in spreading the campaign word.

WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE CAMPAIGN:-
 

Once again, please forward this mail to all your friends, families, colleagues and media contacts. If you were forwarded this mail and wish to go on our regular mailing list contactgraham.richards@orange.fr


www.votes-for-expat-brits.comThis website is provided by the British Community Committee (BCC) of France, britishinfrance, as a public service to all British expats worldwide. You can find out more about the BCC and the activities of its member organizations by clicking on - www.britishinfrance.com

 
 
Kindest Regards
 
 
Graham Richards
 
 
 

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11.09 | 19:03

Thank you for your opinion. However, the UK is far from being oppressed by the EU. We are one of the leaders not followers.

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18.06 | 14:34

What a load of rubbish, who wants to be controlled by any devil ,the English have proved over history that they will not be oppressed

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18.01 | 13:35

Dear Kathleen, Thank you for visiting the website and posting your comment in support of our cause. Please, if you can find time, write to your UK MP. Thanks

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18.01 | 13:20

This proposal is in my opinion a clear breach of EU law.

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