We’ve been asked about the Liberal Leave campaign, which is working for a “No” vote in the forthcoming EU referendum.
The Facebook page features a couple of pieces of literature being given out by supporters at the York conference. One of them is on the right and, together with the Liberal Leave website, tells us about some of the people supporting the campaign:
- Paul Keetch, former MP for Hereford
- Anne Cremin, student in Oxford
- Charles Anglin, former Parliamentary Candidate for Vauxhall
- Luis Lopez, student in London
- Councillor Charles Shaw, a Liberal Democrat councillor in Lincolnshire
- Mark Pursey, a former councillor and member of the (then) Young Liberal Democrats national executive.
- Councillor Mark Wyatt, a councillor in Leicestershire
- Torrin Wilkins, a Lib Dem member in Hertfordshire
Last Monday, Paul Keetch wrote an article for the Independent entitled: “Think that if you are liberal you should vote to stay in the EU? Think again“, which included this:
At the core of our principles lies the belief that power should be held as close as possible to individuals and their communities and that those who wield that power should be accountable to it.
In the European Union, true power is held behind closed doors in the Council of Ministers, who make decisions away from the cameras and above the heads of voters. How can I continually advocate the devolution of power from Whitehall to local government, while applauding the transfer of power from our flawed but elected parliament to an unelected and unaccountable EU bureaucracy?
* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and councillor. As part of the Liberal Democrat Voice team he helps with photos and moderation on the site, as well as occsionally contributing articles. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.