SPAIN’S longest-established British newspaper correspondent has called for an MP for the Costas.
Giles Tremlett, who has been the Guardian’s man in Madrid for 20 years, has suggested Britain should follow France in introducing expatriate seats into its parliament.
Although Britons in Spain still have the right to vote in the UK, having a dedicated MP would mean their problems, such as local housing laws or the environment, would be taken more seriously back home, he claims.
An alternative would be to allow Britons to vote in local Spanish elections, he suggests.
This, however, is not an option favoured by Spain or any other European country.
France is set to introduce 11 new constituencies from around Europe in 2012.
They will include MPs for the French living in Spain, England and Ireland.