Philip Dunne is MP for Ludlow, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party's International Office and the Parliamentary Chairman of Conservatives Abroad.
The countdown is closing fast on Gordon Brown's options as to when to take the short trip along The Mall to ask Her Majesty to dissolve Parliament and allow the British public to have their say on his failed and discredited government.
But it isn’t just voters living in the UK who will soon get the opportunity to vote for change. Millions of British citizens living overseas are also entitled to vote. And they should. For all the reasons ConservativeHome readers know so well.
Gordon Brown’s Government has brought Britain to her knees. But his policies have affected British citizens living overseas as well as people living in the UK.
Pensioners living abroad have seen their income reduced with the dramatic devaluation of the Pound combined with current low interest rates on sterling savings. The value of their occupational pensions from British schemes has been slashed following Gordon Brown’s £100m raid on pension funds.
British expats, whether working or retired, now pay more tax, pay more for healthcare when returning to the UK, and pay higher fees to send their children to university in the UK.
Crucial decisions are made in Westminster each year affecting UK citizens and their families wherever they live: on pensions, on tax, on healthcare, on education – even on voting rights. It is a scandal that this Government sends our soldiers into conflict overseas, yet has made it harder for them to vote while on active service,