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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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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.

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