Berwick MP named as a founder of EU campaign group

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, right, with Owen Paterson, a vice-president of Conservatives for Britain.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, right, with Owen Paterson, a vice-president of Conservatives for Britain.

MP for Berwick Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been named today as one of the founding members of a new Tory campaign group, which believes the current terms of the UK’s relationship with the EU are untenable.

Conservatives for Britain has today revealed the names of its 40 vice-presidents and founding members, drawn from both Houses of Parliament, the European Parliament and the voluntary party.

The list features former Cabinet Ministers and serving chairmen of prominent select committees. Northumberland’s Viscount Ridley is one of the vice-presidents.

Today’s announcement follows the launch of the group’s website last month and marks the next stage in its campaign to secure fundamental change in Britain’s relationship with the EU.

The group describes itself as follows: ‘Conservatives for Britain is a new campaign group to represent the large number of Conservative supporters who want to see fundamental change in Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

‘We consider the current terms of the UK’s relationship with the EU to be untenable. We support the Party’s policy of renegotiation and referendum. We believe a credible prospect of exit is necessary to underwrite that renegotiation: we will help provide it.’

Steve Baker MP, co-chairman of Conservatives for Britain, said: “David Campbell Bannerman and I are delighted to announce the 40 vice-presidents and founding members of Conservatives for Britain.

“Our senior public supporters range from MPs of the 2015 intake to MEPs and former Cabinet members. We are delighted to have the support of the president of the Conservative National Convention.

“Our vice-presidents and founding members demonstrate the breadth of support for the Prime Minister’s policy of fundamental change in our relationship with the EU. As we seek to underscore this vital renegotiation with a credible prospect of exit, we are grateful to all those who are making their support for change public.

“The Conservatives for Britain mailing list includes over 115 MPs, over 35 peers and over half our MEPs. Over 750 people have signed up as activists, including former PPCs, councillors and association officers. We look forward to working with this growing team to secure the best deal for Britain.”

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