David Cameron urged to make case for EU membership

David Cameron must go out and make the case for Britain's continued membership of the European Union, one of the grandees of the Conservative Party has warned.

Former Tory Chancellor Lord Howe Credit: PA

Lord Howe of Aberavon, who served as chancellor and foreign secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government, said the Prime Minister had made his position more difficult by his "repeated concessions" to the Eurosceptics.

He said that Mr Cameron now must give a lead on the issue, and not leave it to outside individuals and organisations - from US president Barack Obama to the CBI.

Mr Cameron is currently committed to renegotiating the terms of Britain's membership and then putting the outcome to a vote in an in/out referendum after the next general election if the Conservatives win power.