Association founder, Harry Shindler, receives a letter from PM Boris Johnson where he explains the government’s commitment to “scrap the arbitrary rule that prevents British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from participating in UK parliamentary elections.” Harry Shinder, who was honoured with an MBE in 2014, has been campaigning for many years, along with 1.2 million ex-pats living abroad, to retain their right to vote in UK elections even after the 15 year rule.
The Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, reported that Harry hoped that the PM’s promise would materialise before his 100th birthday, which he will shortly be celebrating. If this is not the case, he told La Repubblica, he will continue his battle.
Copy of the letter Harry Shindler received from PM Boris Johnson
(Taken from La Repubblica website)
Harry Shindler has worked thirty years and more for Anglo-Italian relations, for the rights of British ex-pats in Italy, for the Italy Star Association, and perhaps most importantly of all in keeping the memory alive of the British servicemen who fought and died to liberate Italy in World War II. His work includes talks in schools and universities, to educate young students and raise the awareness of young people on why the war was fought. He has worked tirelessly in helping to find the graves of British servicemen killed or listed as missing in action during the Second World War and he has recently helped Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters discover the battlefield scene where his father was killed near Anzio, when Waters was an infant.