Thursday, 28 February 2008

Thousands attend lobby of Parliament for a referendum

"Nearly 3,000 people from across the country came to Westminster on Wednesday to lobby their MPs for a referendum on the revived Constitutional Treaty. I just wish I could have been there." Say Giles McNeill, West Lindsey District Council Candidate for Nettleham Ward.

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The lobby featured on the BBC Ten O'clock News, the Daily Politics show, BBC News 24, Channel 4 News, Sky News, BBC Online, BBC Radio 4's World at One and PM programmes, Radio Five Live, and in two pieces in the Telegraph today.

At a meeting in Central Hall, hundreds of people crowded in to hear speeches from leading pro-referendum campaigners, including: Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague; Ian Davidson MP; Dan Hannan MEP; Max Andersson, Green Member of the Swedish Parliament; Simon Wolfson, CEO of Next plc; Roger Cole from the Irish no campaign; Leading Trade Unionist Alex Gordon; Journalist and author Christopher Booker; Nick Herbert MP; Ruth Lea of Global Vision; Thomas Rupp from the European Referendum Campaign; Lord Leach of Fairford; and Derek Scott, IWR Chairman and former advisor to Tony Blair.

Meanwhile, Tony Benn greeted and spoke to people queuing to lobby their MPs, telling them: "This is how you get democracy."

Many, many thanks to the thousands of you who came along and gave up your time to take part. Special thanks to those who gave comments and interviews to the press, those who organised transport, and those who helped us make sure the day ran smoothly.

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