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EU referendum

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

Faster curbs on ‘benefit tourism’ are easy-peasy compared with Cameron’s real EU task

18 December 2013 8:54

The Prime Minister’s announcement today that he is fast-tracking his curbs on ‘benefit tourism’ was designed to reassure worried MPs that the government really is moving as fast as it… Continue reading

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Photo Credit: Open Europe

It’ll take more than one vote for Britain to leave the EU

11 December 2013 22:45

What would the exit negotiations look like if Britain voted to leave the EU? Well, Open Europe tried to give us an idea today hosting a war game sketching out… Continue reading

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Europe Minister David Lidington. Picture: PA

What Tory ministers think about European reform: exclusive details

9 December 2013 17:45

Remember that shopping list of EU reforms that Conservative party members sent ministers in the summer? Well, they’ve finally got a reply. I’ve got hold of a letter to members… Continue reading

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Vince Cable criticised ring-fencing. Picture: Getty

Vince Cable is right, Britain is most likely to leave the EU under a Labour government

7 December 2013 13:56

Vince Cable is surely right in his comments yesterday that the most likely scenario for Britain leaving the EU is if Ed Miliband is Prime Minister after the next election.… Continue reading

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PM 'proud' to back referendum bill

Commons decides to #LetBritainDecide

29 November 2013 14:04

After hours of really insightful discussions about bacon butties, MPs have finally approved the third reading of the #LetBritainDecide Bill in the Commons. The legislation will now pass to the… Continue reading

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Tory Party Annual Conference

Is the real anti-Cameron brigade the Brady bunch, plus Adam Afriyie?

22 November 2013 13:20

In September 2012 Mr Steerpike revealed that 14 Tory MPs had signed letters to Graham Brady, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, calling for a leadership challenge to David Cameron.… Continue reading

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David Cameron's referendum pledge is not enough for some people, like Paul Sykes. Photo: Getty Images.

Paul Sykes boosts Ukip’s coffers but is he helping to split the right?

18 November 2013 11:38

Ukip’s treasurer will be beaming this morning, thanks to Paul Sykes. The Yorkshire millionaire — whose wealth is estimated to be over £600 million — has, according to Philip Johnson… Continue reading

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Friday fury in the lobbies

8 November 2013 13:26

MPs have just voted on the first set of amendments to James Wharton’s #LetBritainDecide bill. There is still a great deal more debate to be had in the Chamber, but… Continue reading

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PM 'proud' to back referendum bill

How Tory Euroscepticism has changed

8 November 2013 8:49

In just over half an hour, MPs will flock to the Chamber to watch the report stage and third reading of the Wharton Bill. I explained yesterday that there will… Continue reading

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Adam Afriyie

Tory MPs flee dreaded ‘Europhile’ tag to Adam Afriyie referendum bill bid

7 November 2013 16:52

In case you’ve been wondering what that strange feeling of tension in the air across the country is, the #LetBritainDecide bill returns to the Commons tomorrow for its report stage… Continue reading

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Adam Afriyie, Tory MP for Windsor. Picture: Getty

Afriyie amendments continue to wait hopefully for supporters

15 October 2013 11:14

Oh dear. Poor old Adam Afriyie. Just over a week ago he was boasting of a ‘cross party’ campaign behind his amendment to James Wharton’s EU referendum bill. Now the… Continue reading

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Tory Party Annual Conference

2010 intake of Tory MPs write to Adam Afriyie telling him to drop his amendment

10 October 2013 11:00

More than 140 of the 147 Tory MPs elected in 2010 have written to Adam Afriyie telling him to drop his amendment to the EU referendum bill. Given that Afriyie… Continue reading

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Greg Hands

Afriyie amendments wait hopefully for supporters as whips plot EU referendum bill success

8 October 2013 11:12

Adam Afriyie’s sleepless nights are over. His amendments to the European Union (Referendum) Bill are now down and waiting hopefully for signatures. The MP claimed at the weekend that he… Continue reading

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Protesters campaign for an EU referendum. Picture: Getty.

Take it from a eurosceptic: Adam Afriyie’s plan won’t give the British people a say

6 October 2013 13:25

I shared the surprise of most Conservative colleagues when I read Adam Afriyie’s proposed amendment to the European Referendum Bill currently going through Parliament. I thought in recent months we… Continue reading

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David Cameron and James Wharton walk through the grounds of Parliament ahead of the second reading of Wharton's private member's bill. Picture: PA

Confused eurosceptics dismiss Afriyie amendment as ‘career hara-kiri’

6 October 2013 12:32

Adam Afriyie has certainly chosen an odd time to sow discord in Tory ranks over Europe. The party is so happy that it appeared oddly sedated at its conference last… Continue reading

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Referendum now: Tom Watson backs Tory rebels calling for early EU vote

6 October 2013 11:58

When Tom Watson left the Labour frontbench, he was fulsome in praise (in the correct sense of the phrase) for his leader. But since then, he’s not exactly been trying… Continue reading

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Adam Afriyie

Has Adam Afriyie jumped the shark? Number 10 hopes so.

6 October 2013 8:52

James Wharton, the Tory MP leading the EU referendum bill through the House of Commons, has become something of a minor celebrity in the party, with admiring young things approaching… Continue reading

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Does David Laws' referendum pledge mean anything? Photo: Getty Images.

Lib Dem conference 2013: Tories are still the only party committed to a straight EU referendum

15 September 2013 19:05

Is it really worth getting excited about David Laws’ suggestion that the Lib Dems could put an In/Out referendum pledge in their 2015 manifesto? It’s not the first time, after… Continue reading

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Bikers for Britain has launched today, to get a better deal from the EU for motorcyclists.

Why bikers need a better deal from the EU

8 August 2013 13:25

Since I was elected to Parliament in 2010, I have taken every opportunity to push back against the EU’s move towards ever closer union. I have also been a long-time… Continue reading

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Britain needs a full and proper examination of its relationship with the EU. Photo: Getty Images.

Balance of Competences Review is not a full assessment of Britain’s EU relationship

23 July 2013 16:12

The much-ballyhooed Balance of Competences Review has just published its first set of reports and the lines have already been drawn between the In-at-all-costs camp and the Out-no-matter-whats. The former,… Continue reading

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Members Of The New Coalition Cabinet Arrive For Their First Cabinet Meeting

Labour’s filibuster on the EU referendum bill cheers Tory hearts

18 July 2013 14:08

As a rule, public bill committees aren’t really the kind of thing even the most insular Westminster bubble inhabitant buys popcorn to watch. But last night, James Wharton’s private member’s… Continue reading

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PM 'proud' to back referendum bill

Labour could be jumping the gun with early EU mischief-making

17 July 2013 13:45

If you’ve felt your heart beating a little faster than usual, and a strange sense of excitement creeping all over you, it’s because #letbritaindecide fever is back in Parliament. Yes,… Continue reading

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Protesters campaign for an EU referendum. Picture: Getty.

Labour MP makes amusing attempt to wreck Tory EU referendum bill

10 July 2013 11:32

The Conservatives are a happy bunch at the moment. But for how much longer? They might be riding on the crest of a wave after the second reading of James… Continue reading

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Protestors take part in a demonstration

MPs back EU referendum bill 304 votes to 0

5 July 2013 15:30

James Wharton’s Private Member’s Bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons by 304 votes to 0. The Labour Party’s decision to abstain on the vote, and… Continue reading

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Douglas Alexander

Douglas Alexander’s evasive EU referendum speech suggests his party could change its mind

5 July 2013 11:32

The Tory party have been having a very fun morning in the Chamber so far. The debate about James Wharton’s Private Member’s Bill for an EU referendum has had the… Continue reading

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