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Paul Wright, 24 Jun2016

Referendum - European Union
Local Polling and Results
Wymington Village Hall Queen Street Wesleyan Schoolroom Whitefriars School
Wymington Village Hall
Queen Street Wesleyan Schoolroom
Whitefriars School
Highfield Baptist Church
Irchester Village Hall
Rushden & Higham Rugby Club
Highfield Baptist Church
Irchester Village Hall
Rushden & Higham Rugby Club

Voting took place in a historic referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union or leave. A record 46,499,537 people were able to cast their vote which took place on Thursday 23rd June 2016, according to figures released from the Electoral Commission.

Polling stations up & down the land were open from 07.00-22.00, and voting had been steady through the day with the turn out a healthy 72%, the weather was mostly drizzly & humid, with a temperature of 20C. In parts of London heavy localised flooding had caused big problems at some polling stations.                                                      

It was only the third nationwide referendum in UK history, and came after four months of battles for votes between the leave & remain campaigns. Both sides had big names heading up their efforts, including Prime Minister David Cameron, former prime ministers in the shape of John Major (Tory), Gordon Brown (Labour), and Tony Blair, (labour), the current Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, leader of the SNP in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, & current Labour head Jeremy Corbyn.

On the leave side were former mayor of London Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage leader of UKIP, and Priti Patel.

Our local Tory MP's were founder members of the leave campaign, these included Peter Bone,(Wellingborough & Rushden), Philip Hollobone, (Kettering), and Corby representative Tom Pursglove.

The first one was back in 1975, when the country was asked whether the UK should continue to be a member of what was then called the European Economic Community,(Common market).

We were taken in two years earlier by Tory Prime Minister Edward Heath.

The prime minister in 1975 was labour supremo Harold Wilson. The question asked was "Do you think the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community" (the Common Market)?

That ended up with a split of 67% for staying in, against 33% wishing to come out.

So moving on to this crucial 2016 show-down, the final result of the in or out referendum was announced at 07.20 on Friday 24th June, from Manchester town hall, and it was decided that the UK would leave the European union within two years.

Local voting was Northampton 59% to 41% to leave, Kettering 61% to 39% for leaving, Wellingborough went 62% to 38% to leave, and Rushden which was in ENDC decided that 59% to 41% of people wanted to come out.

The Rushden count was conducted at the Pemberton Sports Centre off of Highfield Road.

As a result of the ballot Prime Minister David Cameron fell on his sword at a press conference in Downing Street at 08.30 on Friday 24th, 2016. He stressed that he would do everything in his power to make a smooth transition for a replacement to be in place for the Tory conference in October at Birmingham.

Shown here are the polling stations at Irchester village hall, the Wesleyan Church Rooms in Queen Street, Whitefriars school, Rushden Rugby Club, Highfield Road Church, and Wymington village hall.

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