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.
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Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car in Houghton.
As inquiries into recent Billingham shootings continue, a man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage recklessly endangering life.
32-year-old Paul Foster was last seen leaving an address on Burbank Street in the town on Wednesday (August 16).