EU exit cam­paign­ers meet

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

NEARLY 100 peo­ple at­tended a Brexit cam­paign launch in Ger­rards Cross ahead of the EU ref­er­en­dum next month.

The in­au­gu­ral event of the Bea­cons­field branch of Vote Leave, held at the Bull Ho­tel on Mon­day (May 9), was hailed as ‘democ­racy in ac­tion’ by the cam­paign co-or­di­na­tor.

Jon Con­way, who lives in Ger­rards Cross, lauded the grass roots cam­paign as ‘peo­ple power’ ar­gu­ing that as the cam­paign did not have the back­ing of any po­lit­i­cal party it was ‘in­cred­i­ble’ to get that level of sup­port.

In­stead Mr Con­way said that there were a num­ber of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds there, and said he was ‘sur­prised’ by the turn out as he and the seven other or­gan­is­ers had only ex­pected around 30 peo­ple to turn up.

The pur­pose of the launch, he said, was to gather in­ter­ested peo­ple to start a cam­paign which, among other things, would in­volve run­ning stalls, leaflet­ting, dis­play­ing signs and run­ning the IT, and a num­ber of peo­ple spoke at the event to in­form the au­di­ence of how to do this.

Mr Con­way con­tin­u­ally stressed the idea that the launch was in­de­pen­dent of any po­lit­i­cal party and was in­stead a gath­er­ing of peo­ple in­ter­ested in Brexit.

“There was no con­stituency party who were run­ning it,” he said. “It was quite in­ter­est­ing.

“To get that level sup­port is in­cred­i­ble.

While Bea­cons­field MP and former At­tor­ney Gen­eral Do­minic Grieve has pub­licly backed the re­main cam­paign, Che­sham and Amer­sham MP Ch­eryl Gil­lan of has thrown be­hind Brexit.

Mr Grieve has al­ready spo­ken at a num­ber of events through­out the county, in­clud­ing at an event in Bea­cons­field ear­lier this month, and Mrs Gil­lan is set to debate at a Hus­tings in Chal­font St Peter tonight (Thurs­day May 12).

Mr Con­way said that the or­gan­is­ers at­tempted to make the event as ‘ non­po­lit­i­cal’ as pos­si­ble and avoided any talk of pol­i­tics.

He added: “It’s re­ally easy for peo­ple to moan and com­plain.

“You just have to stand up and be counted and you’re never go­ing to get this op­por­tu­nity again.

“I think it’s not party po­lit­i­cal. I think it’s important for ev­ery­body to vote and if you’re go­ing to have an opin­ion you have to do some­thing about it.” her weight

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