Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps is urging people to help backbencher James Wharton MP, in his bid to secure the first EU referendum in 40 years.

Today the Party Chairman launches a new campaign website,, which makes it simple for people to back Wharton’s Bill. aims to “build public pressure, to give people a voice, and to urge MPs from other parties to listen to their constituents.” is a public-facing, stand-alone mini website.

The whole site is based on public interaction – encouraging the public to play an active role in the campaign.

You can join the campaign by signing up your details – you can also discuss it on social media with buttons linking to Twitter and Facebook accounts – or you can 'take part' in the campaign by downloading readymade draft letters to send to your MP and local paper to raise the issue. You can also pledge your support to the commons bill with an app to be launched on the site as the campaign rolls out.

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps said:

Britain deserves a vote. It’s been nearly 40 years since the British people last had their say on Europe. People feel the EU is heading in a direction they never signed up to.

That is why Conservatives want to give Britain a clear vote – in or out – before the end of 2017, after a full renegotiation.

Grant Shapps (Open Government Licence)

Grant Shapps (Open Government Licence)

A draft Bill to make this happen will soon be debated by MPs – but, crucially, it needs the support of other political parties to pass. Britain needs everyone to build public pressure on this. That’s why we are launching today: to give people a voice, and to urge MPs to listen to their constituents.”

James Wharton MP said:

Fundamentally this is about democracy and trusting the people. We must give the British people a choice on this important issue, and have an open and frank debate before that decision. I hope that MPs from all sides will back the Bill and show that they back democracy, and the right of their constituents to decide on our future in the EU.”

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