Tory councillor to step down to campaign in EU referendum

Crawley Borough Councillor Liam Marshall-Ascough SUS-151013-101348001
Crawley Borough Councillor Liam Marshall-Ascough SUS-151013-101348001

A Tory councillor will not be seeking re-election next year so he can campaign for the UK to leave the EU in an upcoming referendum.

Liam Marshall-Ascough, who represents Southgate on Crawley Borough Council, felt it was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity for us to vote to leave the EU’.

He explained that although pro-European he had become disillusioned with the way the European Union had ‘failed to act on so many important issues’.

Mr Marshall-Ascough said: “I have always been pro-European. Over the last year I have become increasingly disillusioned with the way the institution has functioned and failed to act on so many important issues.

“In my opinion, we need to do all that we can to make sure that we exit from this dysfunctional bureaucratic nonsense that has become the EU.”

He added: “This referendum will be won at the grassroots level. Some big businesses have already indicated their intentions. Party politics needs to put aside. We need to stand up as ordinary individuals. Stand up for our country and take back control. Stand up and make sure our voices are heard.”

He is encouraging people to sign up to the Vote Leave campaign.

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