The Referendum Party, the political party being set up by Sir James
Goldsmith to campaign for a referendum on Europe, is hunting for an
Some of the multi-millionaire financier’s senior associates are believed
to have begun visiting top London shops to talk about advertising for
the new party.
Goldsmith is said to be ready to match the promotional budgets of the
Conservative and Labour parties and spend up to pounds 20 million to get
the party off the ground. He would also qualify for a party political
Goldsmith, 62, who lives in Paris and sits as an MEP for a French party
opposed to the Maastricht Treaty, threw down his challenge in full-page
national press ads in the UK in October when he set up his party.
The party says it plans to field hundreds of candidates at the next
general election as part of an effort to win a referendum on the treaty
which, it claims, provides the framework for a European superstate.
Goldsmith, who recently branded Britain’s politicians as ‘fifth-rate’,
says his party will put up candidates in any constituency where the
sitting MP refuses to endorse the need for a European referendum.
The party’s emergence on to the UK political scene is said to be
alarming senior Conservatives, who believe that up to 12 seats could be
lost to Referendum Party candidates.