EU (Referendum) Bill passes third reading

Today I voted alongside James Wharton and the Conservative Party to pass the third reading of the EU (Referendum) Bill.

Despite a concerted effort by members of the Labour Party to prevent a vote from ever being reached, the Bill passed this stage of the Parliamentary process and will now go to the House of Lords for discussion and debate.

This Bill will enshrine in law a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union in 2017. By this time, the Prime Minister and other ministers will have completed the renegotiation of the UK’s membership of the EU and the whole country will be asked whether we should stay a member, or leave.

I am proud to have voted for this Bill, which will give Great Yarmouth residents the opportunity to have their say on our membership of the EU – an opportunity we have not had for more than a generation. I will watch the passage of the Bill through the House of Lords with great interest. As ever, if you would like to contact me about this Bill, please drop me an email to