EURO-SCEPTIC MPs have backed plans for a referendum on Europe, but Sir Bob Russell remains unconvinced.

The prime minister has pledged an in-out vote by 2017 if the Conservatives win the election.

Sir Bob Russell said he is pro-Europe but the referendum had been forced upon the PM by unrest among the Tories.

Euro sceptics, Clacton MP Douglas Carswell and Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex, said they are delighted by the plans.