EU vote Bill gets second reading

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 today.

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Profile: Conservative MP James Wharton

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.

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