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Professor Philip Cowley and Professor Tim Bale, What they really think on Planet Tory



As we approach the EU referendum, Professor Philip Cowley and Professor Tim Bale commissioned Ipsos Mori’s Reputation Centre to conduct a survey of MPs, designed to tap into what they really think on the issue. They report: “Almost 90 per cent of Labour MPs agreed that “the UK has greatly benefited from being a member of the EU”. To them it means freedom to travel, study and work anywhere in Europe; prosperity; a stronger say in the world and even peace… On Planet Tory, however, things look very different. Only a quarter of Conservative MPs can see any great benefits from Britain belonging to the EU. “Uneasy” was the watchword for most of them, and some even said that our membership made them “angry”.”
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