Stockton South MP James Wharton says critics of his EU Referendum Bill are wrong to claim that he should have used the chance of a Private Member's Bill to back a local issue.
The EU Referendum Bill would set a timeline for a vote on whether Britain should stay in the European Union.
Speaking on Around The House, the Conservative MP said he was surprised to have come first in the ballot to be allowed to put forward a Bill of his choice, but insisted that a local issue would never get through Parliament.
Watch the interview here:
More top news
Emma brings you Sunday night's forecast
Alfie suffered a fracture to his left frontal sinus area and the hammer caused a depression in the bone.
Supermarket chain issue recall of certain packets of Ready to Eat Peppered Beef Slices after testing identified 'low levels of Listeria'.