Conservatives Abroad
PresidentBoris Johnson
ChairmanHeather Harper MBE
Founded1986
HeadquartersConservative Campaign HQ
4 Matthew Parker Street, London, SW1H 9HQ, England
IdeologyConservatism (British)
British unionism
Political positionCentre-right
National affiliationConservative Party
Website
conservativesabroad.org

Conservatives Abroad is the British Conservative Party's global network of members & supporters living overseas.

Conservatives Abroad has members and branches around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. While some countries have one national Conservatives Abroad Branch, some countries are represented by a number of difference branches based in different areas, particularly when a country is large and Conservative expatriates are spread out such as Australia, France, Spain and the USA.

History

Many overseas Conservative organisations have been active since the 1970s, however Conservatives Abroad was not formally created until 1986. The perspective of the organisation is that it exists as a political discussion forum, to keep Conservative supporters who are temporarily or permanently living abroad in touch with domestic politics in Britain and Europe, to campaign for the votes of the British expatriate community, and increase the number of overseas registered voters in those communities.

Conservatives Abroad also serves its members' interests by raising issues and concerns facing Britons living overseas with politicians,[1] and by lobbying to reform overseas voting laws.[2] While the party leader is worldwide president of Conservatives Abroad, the individual branches are represented and governed by a branch representative.

Branches

Conservatives Abroad operates as a branch system. Originally it operated 35 active branches operating in 21 countries around the world, however this figure has since grown.[3]

Countries and territories

Country / Territories No. of branches Branches
 Argentina 1
 Australia 4 Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Perth
 Azerbaijan 1
 Belgium 1
 British Virgin Islands 1
 Canada 1
 China 2 Beijing, Shanghai
 Cyprus 1
 Czech Republic 1
 Ethiopia 1
 France 4 Paris, South West, South of France, Normandy
 Germany 1
 Greece 1
 Guernsey 1
 Hong Kong 1
 Italy 1
 Lebanon 1
 Bahrain 1
 Oman 1
 Qatar 1
 United Arab Emirates 1
 India 1
 Indonesia 2 Jakarta, Bali
 Israel 1
 Jamaica 1
 Japan 1
 Luxembourg 1
 Malta 1
 Netherlands 1
 Norway 1
 Poland 1
 Romania 1
 Saudi Arabia 1
 Singapore 1
  Switzerland 1
 Turkey 1
 South Africa 2 Cape Town, Johannesburg
 Spain 5 Costa del Sol, Jávea, Madrid, Mallorca, Tenerife
 Thailand 1
 United States 7 California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, D.C.

References

  1. ^ Roberts, Elizabeth (September 2014). "Tories pledge to give vote back to all expats".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2014-01-31.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Michael Rutt: What is Conservatives Abroad?".