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Update: Thurrock referendum historic result
Numbers voting AGREE 13,111 (89.9%)
Numbers voting DISAGREE 1,479 (10.1%)
The People’s Pledge campaign in Thurrock closed at 5pm on Thursday April 5th. 47,995 ballot papers were issued by Electoral Reform Services Limited, and 14,590 people have returned them by post or voted electronically. That is a turnout of 30.39%
The proportions of people voting “AGREE” and “DISAGREE” will be known in a short while. Although it is clear from canvassing data that those wanting a referendum will greatly outnumber those who do not.
The result will cause consternation among all the main parties at Westminster who have all tried to ignore the issue. In Thurrock itself, both the Conservative MP, Jackie Doyle-Price, and her Labour challenger, Polly Billington, have refused to engage with the People’s Pledge. In a seat where the majority was 92 at the last election, neither politician can now afford to ignore 14,590 local voters, almost as many as each of their parties polled in the general election.
Ian McKenzie, Director of the People’s Pledge, commenting immediately after the figures were announced, said:
“This turnout is astonishing and vastly exceeds anyone’s expectations, including mine. Two months’ very hard work by our small highly dedicated team has paid off in spectacular style. Earlier this week, when we were finding so people had already voted, it was clear something very exciting was about to happen. These numbers were simply unimaginable.
“A turnout this large proves two things. First, electors will respond to political activity that engages them. The myth of the uninterested citizen is just that, a myth. Knock on enough doors, respectfully explain why you are there, and, if your message is strong enough, people will respond.
“Second, the political parties at Westminster are going to have to rethink their attitude to a national referendum on the EU. “Heads in sand” is no longer a viable strategy; the people of Thurrock have just taken it off the table.
“I hear reports that the Whips on both sides of the House of Commons have been active in recent weeks trying to dismiss the People’s Pledge. I have immense respect for the Whips having worked for a Government Chief Whip for three years, so I overcome some trepidation when I implore them to look upon the People’s Pledge not as a posing a threat but providing an opportunity. This is a real chance for your Members of Parliament to revitalise and renew their relationships with the people who send them to Westminster and for whom they ultimately work, their voters.
“We are going to have a few days off and then plan the next stages of the campaign both here in Thurrock as we analyse the result and nationally for the next 11 People’s Pledge referendums.”
“Finally, I’d like to thank the whole People’s Pledge team for a fantastic effort and this great result. Much more importantly, I’d like to thank the people of Thurrock for responding so magnificently. Thurrock, with this first important step, you are now leading the way to a national referendum for the rest of us.”
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Location for first 'EU referendum poll' named BBC News 06/02/2012
Thurrock set for EU vote The Enquirer/Essex 06/02/2012
People's Pledge holds EU vote poll Rutland & Stamford Mercury 06/02/2012
Thurrock chosen for first EU referendum Politics.co.uk 06/02/2012
EU referendum drive targets Tory Thurrock The Morning Star 06/02/2012
People's Pledge holds EU vote poll Newmarket Journal 07/02/2012
Thurrock welcomes EU Poll The Enquirer 10/02/2012
Vote on a vote over EU membership Thurrock Gazette 12/02/2012
Thurrock electorate to have first say on EU vote Yellow Advertiser 16/02/2012
90 Per Cent Demand: Let Britain have an EU Referendum Now The Express 06/04/2012
Eu Referendum backed by majority voters in Constituency ballot The Guardian 05/04/2012
The British Public are demanding an EU Referendum The Express 07/04/2012
Councillors ponder poor vote turnout Thurrock Gazette 10/04/2012
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|Majority at last election|
|Number of voters signing the pledge in Thurrock|
Where does this MP stand
Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative)
Her majority at the last election was 92.
This MP for Thurrock has not yet signed the Pledge. Please sign below to demand your MP publicly commits to an EU referendum.
- How she votes
on EU issues
- Her comments on an
24 Oct 2011 - Voted against
National Referendum on the European Union
24 May 2011 - Voted for
Hostile amendment to Mark Reckless's motion to halt EU bailouts
11 Jan 2011 - Voted against
The sovereignty of the UK Parliament in relation to EU law
Where the other candidates stand
Polly Billington (Labour)
This candidate has not yet signed the Pledge.
The Peoples Pledge