Conservatives Abroad News

VE Day Memories - Harry Shindler MBE

Our Chairman, Heather Harper MBE spoke to our friend Harry Shindler MBE today, a WWII veteran, to ask him where he was on VE day 75 years ago and of his memories.

Anita Rieu-Sicart

It is with great sadness that we report that Anita Rieu-Sicart, the long term representative and champion of Conservatives Abroad in the Var region of France has recently passed away at the age of 86.

Britweek opens in Los Angeles

Despite the ongoing situation both sides of the Atlantic, the Right Honourable Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has sent a video message opening Britweek in Los Angeles today.

The new global FCO team.

Following the recent Ministerial reshuffle, the FCO have now allocated regional responsibility to its Ministerial team.


The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP

• Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

• First Secretary of State

Bilateral Voting Rights

Bilateral voting rights

Conservatives Abroad news on bilateral voting rights for British Nationals living in Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg. All the details are in the links – see written statement from Lord Callanan here:

Government delivers on pledge to give British expats Votes for Life

Chairman of Conservatives Abroad Heather Harper MBE said “We have been campaigning long and hard to right the injustice of British expats being disenfranchised from voting after a time limit of 15 years. Today, the government restates commitment to deliver its pledge to scrap the ‘15 year rule’.

Conservatives Abroad Patron knighted in New Year’s Honours

We are delighted to announce that Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP has been knighted for political and public service. Sir Geoffrey is a patron of Conservatives Abroad and a well known champion of voting rights for British citizens living overseas.