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Greater Manchester voters asked about EU referendum

Media captionIan McKenzie on the People's Pledge plans for ballots on the UK in the EU

Voters in three Greater Manchester constituencies are to be polled over whether they want a national referendum on UK membership of the European Union.

The People's Pledge postal ballots will be held in Manchester Withington, Cheadle and Hazel Grove.

The votes, which follow a similar exercise in Thurrock, Essex, will close on 19 July.

People's Pledge director Ian McKenzie said voters had the chance to "quicken" the pace towards a national referendum.

People's Pledge, which is led by both pro and anti-EU MPs, is planning more than 100 separate votes, to be conducted by Electoral Reform Services, across the country by 2013.

Their aim is to force a national referendum on the UK's membership.

Backed the call

Voters in the constituencies will be asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement that "there should be a national referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union".

All three Greater Manchester votes are to be held in seats occupied by Liberal Democrat MPs - John Leech in Manchester Withington, Mark Hunter in Cheadle and Andrew Stunell in Hazel Grove.

Sixty-eight MPs have signed up to back the referendum campaign, which will be launched in Cheadle by Labour's Graham Stringer and Conservative David Nuttall.

Almost 90% of voters who took part in the Thurrock poll in April backed the call to stage a referendum.

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