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MPs in Cornwall to vote for EU referendum in 2017

By WBMiles  |  Posted: November 08, 2013

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, will vote in favour of an EU referendum in 2017.

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Conservative MPs from the West Briton area will vote in favour of a referendum on Europe to be held in 2017.

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth and the deputy chairman of the Conservative party said she was “acting on popular demand” in voting for an in-out referendum.

George Eustice, MP for Camborne and Redruth and a former UK Independence Party (UKIP)member, confirmed he was also voting to support the Private Members Bill introduced by James Wharton MP that is being heard this afternoon.

The legislation, backed by the Conservative leadership but not the Liberal Democrats, calls for a referendum by the end of 2017, after the next general election in 2015.

Mr Wharton's fellow Conservative, Adam Afriyie, has proposed an amendment calling for the referendum in October next year instead.

Mr Afriyie has argued that delaying a vote for four years will play into the hands of UKIP.

Mrs Newton said: "This Bill would give the British people the chance to pass a verdict on these efforts, deciding whether a reformed EU settlement would work for Britain or whether it is now time to leave the Union. I am proud to be voting in favour of the Bill today, of letting Britain decide."

The West Briton has not yet heard from Andrew George, MP for West Cornwall, on how he plans to vote this afternoon.

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  • josdave  |  November 10 2013, 4:04PM

    Any money we get from the EU has cost at least twice that as part of the £50million a day we pour into that bottomless pit that is Brussells. The Nissan article is just scaremongering from those who refuse to admit we would be better off outside the EU along with Norway, who withdrew successfully, and Switzerland. Most commodities are cheaper on the world market than they are in the EU where prices are kept artificially high to prop up all the Eastern European countries that have joined. Roll on the referendum.

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  • Lafrowda  |  November 09 2013, 2:59PM

    I agree with NormaStitz

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  • TWINSCREW  |  November 09 2013, 12:59PM

    This bill if passed, securing a referendum in 2017 can be repealed by the next government, which I very much doubt will be a conservative one. Sarah Newton has been a disappointment to many people in Cornwall I suspect and will be looking for a job in 2015, if she really believes in a referendum she should have backed Adam Afriyie's bill for one in 2014.

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  • NormaStitz  |  November 09 2013, 8:04AM

    "Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth and the deputy chairman of the Conservative party said she was "acting on popular demand"" Like she respected 'popular demand' over her support for gay marriage. It's a matter of record that she said she would follow her constituents' wishes. After a phoney 'consultation exercise' involving the Bishop of Truro in which her constituents expressed a majority view against gay marriage she went ahead and supported it anyway. Mrs Newton is more interested in currying favour with her leader - Cameron, who favoured the legislation - in order to keep her job as Deputy Party Chairman (i.e. Bag Carrier in Chief to the unelected loudmouth 'Baroness' Warsi) than in representing the views of her constituents. Mrs Newton owes her slim majority (435 - less than 1% of the vote) mainly to the unpopularity of her main rival which created the 'anyone but Teverson' vote. I think Mrs Newton has now created a substantial 'anyone but Newton' vote by her arrogant disregard of her electors. I'll be voting UKIP.

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  • DipStick  |  November 08 2013, 6:34PM

    @Doitdreckley: "" .. If you bothered to listen to the news today you would have heard Nissan expressing disquiet at the possibility of the UK leaving the E U. Fact. ..."" Yes it is a "fact" what they said. What they said was b*llix though, for the reasons I pointed out. Please read the source and my comments and attempt to understand WHY Nissan said what they said. Let's see - they receive many millions of pounds from the UK government to setup in the UK. Now they've setup in the UK they pay b$gger all tax because the parent company has set-up in Switzerland ..... And I'll repeat "their boss is recompensed on making money for Nissan's SHAREHOLDERS! He doesn't give a monkeys about anything or anybody else.". Get it???? As for fox hunting, so Billy Liar wasn'r wasting MPs time when they could be doing something more useful, but the Tories are ....???!? I fail to see your logic there, but it does tell me about your inability to see past the end of your nose! DS

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  • Doitdreckley  |  November 08 2013, 5:45PM

    If you bothered to listen to the news today you would have heard Nissan expressing disquiet at the possibility of the UK leaving the E U. Fact. I ask again. If the UK left the EU would Westminster give Cornwall "our" money as an equivalent sum to that lost? Any time wasted by Labour on fox hunting was down to Blair being a closet Tory. He did not need to be timid as Labour had their largest parliamentary majority of any Government since the war. This does not detract from the fact that Tory MPs are casting time on this when they have plenty of other things they could be getting on with.

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  • DipStick  |  November 08 2013, 5:02PM

    @Doitdreckley: you really don't have a clue as to how the EU/world works do you? Let's see; Nissan. Their boss is recompnesed on makinjg money for Nissan's SHAREHOLDERS! He doesn't give a monkeys about anything or anybody else. Go see ... https://tinyurl.com/ng6gzvm ... " ... Britain's biggest car maker is avoiding paying millions of pounds in corporation tax every year – by selling its vehicles through a Swiss parent company. ...". Go read the rest! There is a vast difference between the EU (political project!) and the single market (economic). Go read up the difference. Umm, oh yes, Euro money to Cornwall. Where the bleddy h5ll do you think the EU gets its money from? From us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, the Uk gives a tenner to the EU "pot" and they condescendingly give us back 50p. Nice of them. And Labour did WASTE hundreds of hours of parlimentary time on fox hunting, partly to distract from their own ineptitude, and partly on their supposed 'class war' against the Tories. Go check how much Billy Liar and Flash 'I'm an ex-politician' Gordon are making now, plus check on how much time Flash spends in the HoC on consituents business. Oh, and how mucyh is Ed Miliband worth I wonder????? Bleddy hypocrites the lot of them, all politicians. They're either ignorant of the EU, so should stand down for being incompetent and you should get your 'EU' facts from more reliable sources, or they're deliberately lying to the British people, in which case they should be in the dock for treason! DS

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  • Doitdreckley  |  November 08 2013, 4:42PM

    Heres me thinking that one of the most often quoted of anti European arguments was 'its our money' that is being spent anyway. So the question is if we withdrew from Europe would David Cameron gurantee European investment equivalent in Cornwall. You have to speculate to accumulate. There are some fantastic projects in Cornwall that have created good jobs because of European funding. Anyone can pump out rhetoric Lafrowda with no solutions. This country has been sailed down the river by successive governments so barring something radical we have to rely on an international and European market.

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  • Lafrowda  |  November 08 2013, 3:04PM

    Doitdreckley epitomises the "spend somebody elses money brigade" that is the foundation of Liberal and E.U. lovers philosophy. Have we no longer the will, the ability, or the backbone to live our own way and work for it.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  November 08 2013, 2:33PM

    Ten years ago Tories accused Labour of wasting time in banning fox hunting! Now, not only are the Tories wanting to bring that back, they are also wasting time and effort on the EU. The very same EU that the last three Conservative Prime Ministers were instrumental in creating, entering and developing. The same people constantly tell us we are in a global economy. Nissan have said today that there would be consequences if Britain left the EU. The other issue is what is Mrs Newton and Mr Eustice's alternative for Cornwall if we left - we would not get any more European money that has made a REAL difference to the economy of Cornwall.