The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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Democracy, the EU and the Future of Britain

Douglas Carswell MP
Gordon Henderson MP
Lord Stoddart of Swindon

Democracy, the EU and the Future of Britain


The speakers;

Gordon Henderson MP    Lord Stoddart              Douglas Carswell MP     
 Gordon Henderson is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey. Since his election in 2010 Gordon Henderson has been a member of the regulatory reform select Committee. Gordon is a member of the All-Party Better off out group of Parliamentarians and calls for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. His other political interests include; law and order, education and constitutional affairs. Gordon has a special interest in southern Africa and India.  Lord Stoddart of Swindon is an Independent Labour politician and held senior positions in the Labour party during the 1970 and the ’80s. Now in the House of Lords he was the MP for Swindon. David Stoddart is still a vocal and active campaigner against the EU and he was the Chairman of the Campaign for an independent Britain. David Stoddart’s political interests include; the Commonwealth, economic policy, energy, the European Union, housing, industry, local government and transport.  Douglas Carswell is the UKIP Member of Parliament for Clacton. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2005 as a Conservative but in 2014 he defected to UKIP, and was re-elected to Parliament with a 59.75% share of the vote. Douglas believes that public services fail all too often because power has increasingly been put in the hands of remote and unaccountable elites. Douglas is a leading advocate of Direct Democracy – pushing power away from Whitehall and Brussels, down to the individual, where possible, or failing that the town hall. Achieving Britain’s independence is one of Douglas’ overriding political interests.