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ARBA, the Association for the Rights of Britons Abroad, was founded by a group of British expatriates in Brussels in the late 1970s in order to defend the rights of British expatriates, increasingly ignored by many in Government and in Parliament.

 

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REGISTER TO VOTE - LAST DAY

Good morning UK Citizens abroad,

 

TODAY 20 APRIL 2015

 

is the limit for registering to vote in the General Election on 7 May.

If you have lived abroad for less than 15 years and have not yet registered, you can do so on line - it only takes 5 minutes

- at 

 

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote 

PLEASE REGISTER!

See also the Votes for Expat Brits blog post at

 

http://votes-for-expat-brits-blog.com/2015/04/17/one-last-push-for-100000-registered-overseas-voters/

 

 

CONSERVATIVES PROMISE TO ABOLISH 15-YEAR LIMIT

The Conservatives are promising that, if elected, they will abolish the 15-year abroad limit beyond which British Citizens are disfranchised. Please see

 

http://votes-for-expat-brits-blog.com/2015/04/14/conservative-manifesto-2015-commitment-to-end-15-year-rule-for-overseas-voters/

 

Graham Richards Dies

Brian Cave has communicated the very sad news of the death of Graham Richards during the last week-end 27-28 December 2014. He was a tireless fighter for the rights of Britons abroad, particularly on the voting, pensions and winter fuel payments fronts, and had a vast network of contacts in the political, press and expatriate communities.

 

Here is the obituary prepared by Brian Cave:

 

Graham Richards

Graham died during the week end of December 27/28 at his home at Mirande, Gers France. His death appears to have been as a result of falling down the stairs. He was 65/66.

Well before 2008 Graham had taken on the voluntary role of European contact for EMAG – ‘Equitable Life Members Action Group’ a group which still seeks justice for the investors in Equitable Life Assurance Company, where incompetence of oversight by the British Government brought a great many pension investors to financial difficulties. It was with knowledge of this that he was approached in 2008/9 to see if he would take on the role of publicity officer (see note *) to support the campaign for the repeal of the 15 year rule which prevents several million British Expats worldwide from voting. He repeatedly urged the several million more expatriates who still retain the right to vote, to register to vote, using the many editorial and expat contacts he had developed over the years.

Graham had before his early retirement a career in the banking sector where he worked in the Gulf. His formative years were spent in the Clapham region of London. He was immensely proud of his early life as a Londoner. He went to the local Grammar school and then started ‘at the bottom’ in banking and worked his way up. He followed the local football teams and was at one time a referee.

From his first marriage he had two sons, the youngest ‘Gregor’ became a Lieutenant in the Navy and was bridge officer on HMS St. Albans. Graham frequently mentioned Gregor’s career as a representative of Britain’s armed forces. He repeatedly felt that the British Government had let down the work of the retired military who chose to live abroad after retirement.

He married for a second time Josette, a Frenchwoman, who helped him settle near Mirande. She died of cancer two years ago and he greatly mourned her loss.

Graham would certainly wish that the fight to achieve democracy for the British Citizen resident abroad continues. This fight must continue.

Expatriates everywhere, owe him a great debt. It is partly due to his efforts as well as that of other campaigners, that UK MPs are now at last paying serious attention to the needs of expatriates. There is still much to do.

*Note -- www.votes-for-expat-brits.com

 

IN/OUT REFERENDUM BILL KILLED BY LORDS

Update of 4 February 2014

 

THE IN/OUT REFERENDUM KILLED BY THE HOUSE OF LORDS

But could it be resurrected?

 

Our heartfelt thanks to the Members of the House of Lords who spoke so eloquently and tellingly against this absurd referendum, notably those who have occupied major positions in the European Union, its institutions and the UK's Permanent Representation, and who actually understand what it is about and what the real issues are.

 

Who needs the Vote?  The Government? or/and The Citizen?

On Friday 31st January in the House of Lords The EU Referendum Bill – died - but it is far from dead!    What does that mean for us?  Quite a lot!

Your help needed – see under the "VOTING RIGHTS" PAGE**.

 

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HARRY SHINDLER RECEIVES HIS MBE

Please see this - while we knew Harry Shindler had been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list, he has now received it at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Rome.

Harry has been fighting tirelessly for voting rights for expatriate Britons, but it is for his other efforts that he has been honoured, as you will see from this article.
 
All our congratulations to Harry!
 
Nicholas Newman
 
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Good afternoon Colleagues
 
I have very much pleasure in confirming that, as previously advised,  Harry Shindler today (19 February) received  his MBE at the British  Ambassador´s lodge in Rome;
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/harry-shindler-receives-mbe-from-british-ambassador-to-italy 
 
I know that you will all wish to join with me in saying very well done Harry, this is your day and long may you remember it and an extra big thank you for all your campaigning for the right to vote!
 
 
Kindest Regards
 
Graham Richards
 
www.votes-for-expat-brits.com & www.votes-for-expat-brits-blog.com
 

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