EU exit campaigners meet
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