Thank you for contacting Nick Clegg MP about the voting rights of expatriates. I am replying on his behalf.
Nick appreciates that there are some British expatriates who have lived abroad for over 15 years and who want to vote in British elections. However, as you may know, Nick supports the existing legislation on this issue, including the removal of the right to vote after 15 years of living abroad. If a Briton has settled in another country, it is intuitive that they would know about and be directly affected by the issues of that country. If they want to become politically active, then they ought to register to vote in the country they have settled in.
Thank you for contacting Nick on this important issue.
Office of Nick Clegg MP
Clegg's Dutch mother, Hermance van den Wall Bake, was interned, along with her family, by the Japanese military in
( Jakarta) in the Dutch East Indies ( )
during World War Two. She met Clegg's father during a visit to Indonesia in
1956, and they married on 1 August 1959. England
Clegg is multilingual: he speaks English, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish. His background has formed his politics. He says, "There is simply not a shred of racism in me, as a person whose whole family is formed by flight from persecution, from different people in different generations. It’s what I am. It’s one of the reasons I am a liberal, but not when it come to voters right for his own people.
We have fought throughout the world to give democracy, and yet it is denied to our own citizens who choose to live outside the
. I find it
offensive that Nick Cleggs idea of democracy is that, our own citizens should
take out a different nationality to be able to vote. I am British and will
remain British to the day I die, despite living in UK . France