THURROCK is the location for the first local referendum held by the People’s Pledge as it starts its One: Ten: Hundred Campaign, the largest ground campaign for an EU referendum ever held in this country.
Thurrock will be followed by ten more constituencies this autumn, and a further 100 in 2013.
The campaign will be full by-election style activity including the following elements:
· High visibility local shop front headquarters;
· Door-to-door canvassing;
· Posters and other external media;
· Several leaflet drops;
· Street stalls;
· Public meetings and other events.
Polls will close at 5pm on Thursday 5 April 2012.
To ensure full independence, Electoral Reform Services Ltd will administer the referendum by full postal ballot. The ballot question will be:
“Voters should be given a national referendum on whether the UK remains a member of the European Union. Agree/disagree?”
Jackie Doyle-Price MP (Conservative) won Thurrock in May 2010 from Labour with a majority of 92. She voted against an EU referendum in the House of Commons debate on 24 October 2011.
Ian McKenzie, Communications Director of the People’s Pledge, said:
“Whether you want Britain to leave the EU or be part of an ever-closer union, you have the right to vote on what that future relationship should be. The People’s Pledge is giving the electors of Thurrock the chance to lead the way towards a national referendum.”