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Stockton found itself at the heart of Europe today, as one of its MPs inched Britain closer to an EU referendum.
The Commons voted 304 to zero in favour of James Wharton's bill, which would give all of us a say on our membership by 2017.
James Wharton's neighbour in Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, is Labour and completely opposed to a referendum.
He claims Mr Wharton is using this bill as an opportunity to advance his own career and win favour with the Prime Minister, rather than protecting the interests of Stockton.
James Wharton is MP for Stockton South, so we thought we'd see what people there think about his choice of bill.
We asked 'What are Stockton's priorities right now?'
The most popular response was 'to improve the shops', followed by 'getting more jobs'.
Not one person mentioned a referendum on the EU.
Tory MP James Wharton's European Union (Referendum) Bill, which would force a public vote by 2017 on whether the United Kingdom should remain within the EU, was unanimously given a second reading in the House of Commons
Stockton South MP James Wharton tells MPs that he is 'speaking for millions' by calling for an EU referendum.
Stockton South MP James Wharton has introduced a bill to Parliament calling for a referendum on the EU.
But could he have used his chance to introduce a bill to champion something closer to the hearts of people in Stockton?
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MPs will today debate a private members' bill on an EU referendum brought by the Conservative MP for Stockton South, James Warton.
At 29, the former solicitor is the youngest Conservative MP. He was among the 114 Tory MPs to vote in favour of an amendment to the Queen's Speech in May.