SOUTHPORT MEP IN EU REFERENDUM BATTLE
leading anti-European MEP will take his challenge to the country's
most pro-EU politicians next week in a bid to persuade Liberal
Democrats to support his call for a referendum on the EU Reform
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party will take on
Southport MEP Chris Davies, a former leader of the Liberal Democrat
MEPs, in a debate at the latter's party conference in Brighton on
Monday (17 September 2007).
Liberal Democrats were amongst the first to argue that the former EU
Constitutional treaty should be put to a referendum, but party
spokesmen have since refused to repeat their pledge, saying that no
decision will be made until the final shape of the draft Reform
Treaty becomes known later this year.
Chris Davies says that the idea of holding a referendum on a
document containing 250 ideas for mostly minor changes to the
existing arrangements is ridiculous. He commented:-
"Hardly anyone voting would have read the proposals, and we would be
none the wiser after a vote which bits they liked and which they
opposed. We elect a government to make decisions of this kind.
There is only one type of referendum that makes any practical sense,
and that is over the single big issue of whether Britain is to pull
out of the EU or play its full part in facing up the challenges of
the modern world. That's a referendum I could support and it's one
that the pro-Europeans would win."
But UKIP claims that a referendum is a necessity and believes that
the votes of Liberal Democrats in Parliament could be crucial to the
Nigel Farage said:- "The Liberal Democrats are now in a
pivotal position and may well determine through the House of Commons
and Lords whether the British people get a referendum. That is
why I am delighted to be here to have this debate."
Southport Hosts Charity Dance Spectacular
schools all over the North West are getting ready to perform at a 1
night charity spectacular at Southport Theatre next month.
'The Big Dance
Show' hosted by Paul Crone of Granada TV will showcase jazz,
tap, ballet and modern dance routines along with singing and musical
theatre from 12 local dance schools. Paul Crone will also be
presenting the Target Television Awards to the participating dance
one of the schools
taking part is the Jacqueline Chadwick School of Performing Arts in
Leigh, which is run by former actress Jacqueline Chadwick (former
name Pirie) who is famed for her roles in Emmerdale as feisty Tina
Dingle and in Coronation Street as Mike Barlow's scheming wife
The show is organised
and sponsored by 2 local businesses, Avanti Travel & Promotions and
Target Television, who are working closely with the dance schools to
organise the event. all the proceeds from the show will be
donated to national children's charity Children with Leukaemia, a
cause that is very close to the organiser's hearts.
Organiser Bill Clarke
from Avanti Travel & Promotions said:- "The show is going to
be amazing. The dancers have worked really hard preparing and
rehearsing and I'm sure that everyone will be very impressed.
The evening will raise money for a fantastic cause and also it will
hopefully encourage more young people to get involved in dancing as
it's a lot of fun but also a great way to keep fit and healthy." Tickets are now on
sale for the event taking place on Wednesday 24 October 2007 from 7pm,
priced £8 each. You can buy tickets from the Southport Theatre
or online at the secure site