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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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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

#letbritaindecide fever grips excited nation

5 July 2013 8:50

It’s eurosceptic party-time in Westminster today. Finally, the time has come for the Conservatives to show that they are the only ones who will #letbritaindecide. When I arrived in Parliament… Continue reading

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James Wharton's Private Member's Bill will have its second reading on 5 July. Picture: PA

EU referendum plotting meeting: exclusive details

3 July 2013 17:41

As trailed on Coffee House yesterday, MPs in favour of an EU referendum met today to discuss how to advance James Wharton’s private member’s bill and how to pressure Labour… Continue reading

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Labour

‘Weak, weak, weak’ Labour will have to avoid looking panicked on any referendum pledge

2 July 2013 15:36

David Cameron’s statement on the European council was another example of how easy it is at the moment for the Tories to portray Ed Miliband as a weak leader. He… Continue reading

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Protesters campaign for an EU referendum. Picture: Getty.

Pro-referendum MPs to plot for Labour and Lib Dem manifesto commitment

2 July 2013 8:59

MPs from all parties who want a referendum are meeting this week to discuss how to get a pledge into the Labour and Lib Dem manifestos, I hear. The All-Party… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Cross-party EU referendum campaign aims to counter partisan problems

1 July 2013 12:32

The Tory campaign on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill has been very slick but very partisan – I examined some of the problems with this last week when eurosceptic Labour… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband takes part in a question-and-answer session on the NHS in Manchester. Picture: Getty.

Miliband’s EU referendum dilemma

29 June 2013 13:00

Friday’s vote on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill is going to push the whole Europe question right back up the political agenda. The Tories will try and use it to… Continue reading

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James Wharton's Private Member's Bill will have its second reading on 5 July. Picture: PA

Exclusive: partisan EU referendum campaign dampens Labour support

25 June 2013 17:57

The Tories are putting off Labour MPs from backing their Private Member’s Bill on an EU referendum with an overly partisan campaign, Coffee House has learned. John Cryer, who chairs… Continue reading

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James Wharton's Private Member's Bill will have its second reading on 5 July. Picture: PA

Exclusive: Tories go public with EU referendum bill

18 June 2013 19:00

The Conservatives will table James Wharton’s Private Member’s Bill for an EU referendum tonight for publication tomorrow. Coffee House has exclusive details of the changes to this piece of legislation, and a clever new plan by the party to make the most of this backbench bill as possible.

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Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke reignites What Would Thatcher Do? to argue for an ‘In’ referendum vote

18 June 2013 8:59

Those cracking jokes about bears visiting the woods following Ken Clarke’s latest warning about the dangers of Britain leaving the EU miss the point. The former Chancellor and Minister without… Continue reading

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Tony Blair Continues Speaking Tour In Auckland

Tony Blair is pessimistic about the chances that Europe will change

15 June 2013 14:21

Tony Blair has plenty to say on the crisis in Syria in his interview in today’s Times, as you might expect. But he also makes a few points on other… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Tories toast Labour abstention plan for EU bill

13 June 2013 16:58

From being all over the shop in the past few months when it came to message discipline, the Tories have gone into overdrive in the last two days after the… Continue reading

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