MP not among EU rebel Tories

HARROGATE and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones was not part of the backbench rebellion against the Government over Europe.

Nearly half the Conservative backbenchers - 81 in total - defied a three-line whip to back a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. The vote came after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for a referendum.

Mr Jones voted in line with the Government, which came out on top despite the largest rebellion of David Cameron’s term of office.

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith called for powers to be returned and said red tape was “stifling” business, but argued that the priority should be the euro crisis.

“Uncertainty over a UK referendum would damage our economy further and that’s not a price worth paying as working families across our region grapple with some of the toughest economic conditions in our history,” he said.