Sir: There is no need for any voter who demands a democratic voice on our future in Europe to embrace the wilder shores of British politics in the shape of Sir James Goldsmith and his Referendum Party (leading article, 17 September). The Liberal Democrats have long been committed to holding a referendum on the implications of possible further European integration. We firmly believe that the electorate has a right to be directly consulted on an issue of such major constitutional importance.
The Referendum Party should be seen for what it is: a vehicle for extremist anti-European sentiment. It is the Liberal Democrats to whom the other two main parties should took for a lesson in democracy.
CHARLES KENNEDY MP
(Ross, Cromarty and Skye, Lib Dem)
Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Europe
House of Commons