Migrants should also 'earn' their vote

February 21, 2008

The Government's proposals outlined yesterday for 'earned' citizenship should also be an opportunity to make sweeping changes to those eligible to vote in elections in the UK, says think-tank, Migrationwatch.

In a paper out today the group point out that about a million people from Commonwealth countries who are not British citizens have the right to vote in Britain.

Said Migrationwatch chairman, Sir Andrew Green,' It is completely contrary to the Government's proposals for earned citizenship that one of the most important benefits of citizenship - the right to choose our leaders - does not have to be earned. If the government are serious about earned citizenship, they will bring forward measures to abolish this anachronism.'

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