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Suffolk: Tories’ EU argument infuriates poll rivals

PUBLISHED: 08:46 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:47 24 April 2013

Christopher Hudson

Christopher Hudson

TORIES in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich have called for the Government to bring forward a referendum on the future of Britain’s position in the EU to before the 2015 general election.

The move comes as parties step up their campaign for the 75 seats on the county council – with some Tories fearing that a strong UKIP performance could cost them votes and seats.

Constituency chairman Christopher Hudson, who is seeking re-election as county councillor for Kesgrave, said: “We Conservatives in this constituency are assuring voters in our area that we are committed to give voters a clear choice on our country’s membership of the EU.

“It is vital that we connect with the people on this central issue ASAP. This matter will not be determined by the county council but by the sovereign will of Parliament.

“Our pledge to voters in this area is genuine, serious, democratic and will indicate grass-roots reaction to this EU membership issue.”

UKIP spokesman Stuart Gulleford was not impressed by the Tories’ move. He said: “This is a blatant attempt at trying to get votes from UKIP supporters.

“We haven’t raised the EU or the referendum because it is not relevant to these elections – but we’re getting a lot of support. Sometimes it’s difficult to find people who aren’t voting UKIP.”

His party is fighting the county council elections with a specific local election manifesto – and is hoping to build on the one seat it won in the 2009 poll which was held on the same day as the European elections.

7 comments

  • Here in Colchester where I live, the whole front of the UKIP candidate's leaflet is taken up with a warning of the "massive threat to our local services" from 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians who will all gain the right to live, work and draw benefits in Essex. That, they claim, is why we need UKIP in County Hall. They don't explain how they can do anything to stem this imagined alien tide, if they get any seats on the county council. But who cares, they hope it will get them a good few votes from xenophobes who might otherwise have voted Tory. Anytway, no need for Christopher Hudson to worry. All the Bulgarians and Romanians are going to be in Essex.....

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    Boris

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • UKIP haven't raised the EU because it's not relevant to these elections? So why was their Party Election Broadcast all about Immigration, also not an issue that can be dealt with by the County Council? On that note, if the Constituency Chairman wants the referendum before the election, which isn't Government or Tory Party policy, what does his Member of Parliament, a Government Minister, think?

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    IpswichSpy

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • UKIP haven't raised the EU because it's not relevant to these elections? So why was their Party Election Broadcast all about Immigration, also not an issue that can be dealt with by the County Council? On that note, if the Constituency Chairman wants the referendum before the election, which isn't Government or Tory Party policy, what does his Member of Parliament, a Government Minister, think?

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    IpswichSpy

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • Welll done UKIP - you've got my vote.

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    David Scott

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • Re:freedomf: Oh, you`re one of the people who voted for mass immigration THREE times, are you?

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    Supernova6

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • 'Roll out the barrel' We've got the blues on the run !!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • Would this be the same Chris Hudson whose choice of language when discussing the sensitive issues of immigration caused such shock to many of us? Interesting that the Conservative Party is happy to have him as a member. We in UKIP were relieved when he moved on.

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    Andrew Smith

    Friday, April 26, 2013

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