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  • 2 May 2014, 3:40

Only Tories Can Deliver EU Referendum, Says PM

David Cameron will say that only the Tories can deliver a referendum on EU membership as he launches European and local election campaigns.

The Prime Minister will seek to undermine Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party by highlighting his own record of "standing up" to Brussels.

He will underline a promise that he will not lead a government after next year's general election unless it was committed to an in/out referendum on the EU.

The Tories are trailing in third place behind Ukip and Labour according to the latest poll of voting intentions for next month's European elections.

Speaking in the West Midlands, Mr Cameron will urge voters to judge him on his record as Prime Minister.

"Others talk about acting in the national interest or standing up to Europe. I do it, time and again - often in the teeth of opposition in Brussels and with a backdrop of uncertainty about whether it can really happen at home," he will say.

"People said I would never veto a European treaty. In 2011 that's exactly what I did. People said my attempts to cut the European budget would fail. But I secured that cut.

"People said I couldn't get Britain out of the eurozone bailout scheme which Labour got us into, but I did just that. And now, we're not liable to pay for any eurozone country that needs a bail-out.

"So I have a track record of delivery - and believe me, whatever it takes, I will deliver this in-out referendum. Labour won't. Ukip can't. I will."

He will say that his commitment to an in/out referendum by the end of 2017 was a "fundamental principle" which he would not renege on.

"I would not be Prime Minister of a government unless we could carry out our pledge of an in-out referendum, because the British people deserve their say and I will make sure they get it," he will say.

The message will be reinforced with a campaign poster showing a referendum ballot box marked "Europe: You Decide" alongside the words: "An In-Out Referendum on Europe. Labour and the Lib Dems won't. Ukip can't. We will in 2017."

A YouGov poll at the weekend put the Conservatives in third place in the Euro-elections, with 19% support, well behind Ukip on 31% and Labour on 28%.