Get off the fence on Europe


Cheltenham's former Lib Dem MP has called for local political leaders of all colours to show their hand on the coming European referendum.

Cheltenham's former Lib Dem MP has called for local political leaders of all colours to show their hand on the coming European referendum.

"It's now quite clear that David Cameron will soon secure some kind of deal at European level that he will use as his moment to declare he's in favour of the UK staying in the European Union" said Martin Horwood.  "That will effectively fire the starting pistol for the European Referendum campaign."

"But it's equally clear that UKIP and many Tory ministers are gearing up their campaign to take us out.  I think that would be an absolute disaster for Cheltenham with its strong international business and cultural connections and its role in global cyber-security and counter-terrorism."

Martin added: "The time has come for local political leaders to declare their hand.  I'm absolutely sure that Cheltenham and Britain are stronger, better off and safer with Britain in Europe than we would be out on our own.  Tim Farron and the Liberal Democrats will be campaigning for Britain to stay in and so will I."


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