Bromley MP rebels on EU referendum vote
PUBLISHED: 19:11 25 October 2011 | UPDATED: 19:11 25 October 2011
A Bromley MP was one of the 81 Conservatives who voted against his party supporting the motion calling for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.
Beckenham MP Bob Stewart voted against his party’s instructions in Monday’s House of Commons vote while Bromley and Chislehurst MP and local government minister Bob Neill, together with Orpington MP Jo Johnson towed the party line.
Mr Stewart said: “Since before I was elected I said I that I was in favour of a referendum on this issue and I was not going to break my word. It is a storm in a tea cup.”
“I voted in favour of the European Economic Community but now it has become a social and political entity as well. I think it is absurd that they want more money from us when we are asking Bromley Council to accept a 25 per cent reduction in its grant.”
The MP denied reports that he declined a meeting with the Prime Minister about the issue.