Immigrant voting rights warning

More than one million Commonwealth immigrants - who have not qualified for British citizenship - could vote in the next General Election, campaign group Migration Watch UK has warned.

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Voting 'reflects close historical Commonwealth ties'

The Cabinet Office said the right to vote in UK elections for Commonwealth citizens who live in the country "reflects our close historical ties with Commonwealth countries."

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "Excluding Commonwealth citizens would be a significant step and would require careful consideration.

The Cabinet Office said the policy 'reflects our close historical ties with Commonwealth countries.' Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"Parliament has previously taken the view that these rights should not be changed."

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