The all-party People's Pledge campaign has condemned local MP Jackie Doyle Price for failing to vote for an EU referendum in Parliament on Tuesday 14 May.
The People's Pledge ran a ballot in the Thurrock constituency last year that showed that 89% of local voters favoured the holding of an EU referendum. The constituency was chosen by the People's Pledge because Ms Doyle Price had voted in the House of Commons in October 2011 against holding a referendum.
The Thurrock MP then abstained on 14 May against an amendment to the Queen's speech, proposed by Basildon and Billericay MP, John Baron, condemning the government for having failed to introduce legislation stipulating that the British people must be given the chance to vote on whether we stay in or leave the EU. 131 MPs of all parties, including 115 Tories, supported John Baron's amendment.
David Cameron, back in January, promised rhetorically that he would hold a referendum should the Conservatives win the next general election. Mr Baron's amendment was intended to commit whatever political party wins the next general election to consult the electorate on this issue.
People's Pledge campaign director Stuart Coster comments: "Yet again, Jackie Doyle Price has failed to vote to give the people of Thurrock and the rest of the UK the chance to have their say on the EU. It is incredible that she has done this given that the People's Pledge Thurrock ballot demonstrated overwhelming support for a referendum. I suspect many local voters will take Ms Doyle Price's voting record on this issue into consideration when deciding who to support at the next general election."
Jackie Doyle Price only won at the last election in this constituency by 92 votes.
The EU issue will surface again in July when a Private Members Bill will be presented committing the next government to hold an in-out referendum. On this occasion, the current government will be whipping its MPs to support his measure while the Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships, at this stage, are saying they will instruct their MPs to vote against the measure.