Tory MP Bob Neil to bid for EU referendum

Bob Neil, Tory MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, has confirmed he will make another bid for an in-out EU referendum in law after coming third in the annual private member's bill ballot.

The former minister was the highest placed Conservative MP drawn at random, with Liberal Democrats Andrew George and Michael Moore securing first and second place.

MP Bob Neil hopes to revive Cameron-supported bill of EU referendum. Credit: PA

Mr Neill, a strong supporter of the EU Referendum Bill, said: "One of the first votes I ever cast was on EU membership in the 1970s .Now as I pick up my bus pass I am getting the chance to work with colleagues to secure a referendum for the British people."

"Britain needs a new deal with Europe and the Conservatives have a plan for change in Europe - renegotiate, reform and put the deal to the British people in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017," he added.

David Cameron has said he is ready to invoke the Parliament Act to force through referendum legislation, after a previous bill introduced by Stockton MP Mr Wharton collapsed in January due to Labour and Lib Dem opposition in the Lords.