Tories target expats to secure election victory

LAST UPDATED: 9 Apr, 2010 @ 12:54
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Tories target expats to secure election victory

THE Conservatives have singled out expat voters living in Spain as crucial to the upcoming general election.

They are encouraging overseas residents to register their vote before it’s too late.

“Expats have family back home, and many of them will have financial interests and draw their pension from Britain.”

Former Tory chairman, Francis Maude, said: “You don’t lose interest in your home country when you move abroad.

“Expats have family back home, and many of them will have financial interests and draw their pension from Britain.”

The expat vote has the power to swing the close-run election, called for May 6 and the Tories believe that expats are “natural” right-wing backers.

“The majority of British expats are natural Tory voters,” said Paul Gordon, Hon Secretary of Conservatives Broad’s Madrid branch.

Highlighting falling pensions, Gordon claimed that expats living overseas are now worse off because of Labour.

It is believed that this year’s general election could be the closest for almost 20 years.

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