Guest speaker at the North West Hampshire Conservative Supper was the Rt Hon Michael Ancram, MP for Devizes, the neighbouring constituency. Speaking to a packed audience at a supporter's home in Charlton Down, Michael Ancram said the country should hold a referendum before Parliament was asked to ratify the forthcoming Treaty on the Future of the European Union. "The Convention is likely to recommend the creation of a new European state, which would involve the transfer of more powers from our Parliament to the EU. This should only happen after the British people have consented to such a transfer in a referendum. We will campaign for such a referendum."
He added that more policies would be unveiled over the next few months - policies that were bring worked up in detail and which could not be dismissed as slogans. He criticised the Government for its policy on Zimbabwe and Gibraltar, and, responding to questions about the recent war in Iraq, said he would welcome a service at which the country could thank the troops for what they did. "A Victory Parade would not be appropriate; but I would like to be able to say thank you to our Armed Forces."