MPs attempt to force an EU vote

A group of Tory MPs will attempt to force a Commons vote over a referendum on the UK's European Union membership in a fresh blow to David Cameron's authority.

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Cameron's 'outlook on immigration has changed'

Nadine Dorries, who has been reinstated as a Conservative MP after her suspension, has said David Cameron and George Osborne's "outlook on immigration has changed."

Dorries, MP for Mid Bedfordshire, has in the past labelled Cameron and Osborne "arrogant" and "out of touch" and has called for a referendum on EU membership.

However, after being quizzed by ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby on her views, she said: "I do think their outlook has changed, particularly on issues like immigration."

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David Cameron blasts 'Tory MPs plotting EU vote'

Prime Minister David Cameron has lashed out at Tory "pessimists" demanding immediate withdrawal from the European Union.

David Cameron faces a fresh assault on his authority from a group of rebel Tory MPs. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister said he believed it was "possible" to push through changes to the EU.

"I am faced as I do so, if you like, by two groups of pessimists," he said.

"There are some pro-European pessimists who say, 'you have to, in Europe, simply sign up to every single thing that anyone in the EU suggests.

"You sign every treaty, you sign everything - there is no alternative'.

"I think they are completely wrong.

"The second group of pessimists say there is no prospect of reforming the EU, you simply have to leave. I think they are wrong too.

"I think it is possible to change and reform this organisation and change and reform Britain's relationship with it."

Tory MPs plotting EU Commons vote

A group of Tory MPs will attempt to force a Commons vote over a referendum on the UK's European Union membership on Tuesday.

The Tory MPs backing the call for an EU referendum include:

  • Hardline Eurosceptic MP Peter Bone has said he hoped to show the Tory leadership that there was "significant parliamentary demand" for the EU referendum pledge.
  • Tory John Baron, who also tabled the amendment, organised a letter signed by dozens of Conservative MPs demanding referendum legislation.
  • Former Cabinet minister Michael Portillo has followed ex-chancellor Lord Lawson in calling for the UK to leave the EU.
  • Lord Lamont, another former Tory chancellor, joined the stampede of former Tory cabinet ministers saying it was possible for the UK to survive outside the EU.
  • Nadine Dorries, the MP who was handed back the Conservative whip only on Wednesday, said she would be joining the rebellion.

EU referendum: Tory MPs to force vote

A group of Conservative MPs will attempt to force a Commons vote over a referendum on the UK's European Union membership next week.

David Cameron is under pressure to a hold 'mandate referendum'. Credit: PA

The MPs are seeking to engineer a vote on an EU referendum by tabling an amendment to the Queen's speech.

Prime Minister David Cameron earlier defended his approach of seeking fundamental reform and holding a referendum on membership before the end of 2017.

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