Evennett fury after Lords block EU Referendum Bill

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has expressed his anger after Labour and Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords voted to block the EU Referendum Bill on Friday (31 January).

The Private Members Bill, which was supported by the Prime Minister and Conservative Ministers, would have enshrined in law David Cameron’s commitment to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU by 2017 after renegotiation had taken place.

Mr Evennett voted to support the referendum bill at each stage during its passage through the House of Commons, which passed it by a large majority.

Mr Evennett said “I am angry that once again, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have voted to deny the British public their say on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Conservatives are completely committed to this Bill and I will support it again once it is re-introduced in the next Parliamentary session. But one thing is clear – only the Conservatives can and will deliver the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU that local people want.”