Tory MP Adam Afriyie wants to force early EU referendum

A leading Conservative backbench MP has said he will try to force the government to hold an early vote on whether Britain should leave the EU.

Adam Afriyie said voters were "not convinced" by the prime minister's promise to put the issue to an "in or out" referendum in 2017, after the next general election.

Speaking to Andrew Neil on Sunday Politics, Adam Afriyie said he believed it was ''essential'' a referendum was held on this side of the election.