Who We Are

Grassroots Out, or GO for short, is made up of politicians and supporters from across the political spectrum, with a single aim: to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

GO, rather than setting up another ‘leave’ campaign, does the reverse. It brings together existing ‘leave’ campaigns and gets them to work as one in local areas. We are an organisation that unites people from all political parties, and none, into one effective anti-EU ground campaign, which is working towards winning the referendum, door by door, vote by vote. We will be rolling the GO campaign out across the country over the next few weeks and months.

The national launch of GO took place on Saturday 23rd January 2016 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, with speakers from the Conservative Party, Labour, UKIP and the DUP.

Over 2,500 people attended the meeting, chaired by Margot Parker, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, with Peter Bone, Conservative Member of Parliament for Wellingborough, Kate Hoey, Labour Member of Parliament for Vauxhall, Tom Pursglove, Conservative Member of Parliament for Corby & East Northamptonshire, Philip Hollobone, Conservative Member of Parliament for Kettering, Sammy Wilson, DUP Member of Parliament for East Antrim, and UKIP Leader, Nigel Farage MEP, with special guest, the Rt. Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, all taking part.

  • a photo of Kate Hoey

    Kate has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Vauxhall, South London since a by-election in 1989. In 1997 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Frank Field, the Minister for Welfare Reform, after the election of the Labour Government. Before then she was a member of the Social Security Select Committee and the Broadcasting Select Committee. In July 1998, Kate was appointed as a Minister in the Home Office before becoming the UK’s first female Sports Minister in 1999 – a position she held until the 2001 General Election. Since then, Kate have been an active backbencher promoting the views and interests of her constituents in Parliament. Kate is also one of the founding members of GO.

  • a photo of Peter Bone

    Peter Bone is the Member of Parliament for Wellingborough & Rushden. Peter is an elected member of the 1922 executive and was elected to the inaugural Backbench Select Committee in 2010. He also served in the role of Co-Chairman of the APPG on Human Trafficking. In 2015, himself, Philip Hollobone MP, Tom Pursglove MP launched a North Northamptonshire wide In-Out EU Referendum – the largest vote on this issue since 1975. Over 100,000 ballot papers were distributed by volunteers to homes across North Northamptonshire. Of the votes returned, 18.9% wanted to remain in the European Union and 81.1% wanted to leave. Peter is also a founding member of GO.

  • a photo of Tom Pursglove

    Tom was elected as the Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire in May 2015, and grew up in nearby Wellingborough. First elected to serve the Croyland Ward on the Borough Council of Wellingborough in 2007 at the age of 18 – he was the youngest Councillor in the country at that time. When Tom was first selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, he launched the Listening to Corby & East Northamptonshire Campaign which seeks to find out what issues matter most to local people, so that Tom can best reflect and champion local views and concerns to policy makers both locally and nationally. Now in the House of Commons, Tom is committed to working hard on behalf of all his constituents. He is also one of the founding members of GO.

  • a photo of Jonathan Arnott

    Jonathan Arnott MEP was elected to represent the North East of England in May 2014. He joined UKIP in 2001 and served as the Party’s General Secretary for 6 years standing down in 2014. He is aged 35, married and living in Guisborough. At age 15 he attended Sheffield University gaining a Masters’ degree in Mathematics (MMath Hons). His background is in teaching, he believes if you’re involved in politics it’s important have experience in a real job. Outside politics Jonathan plays chess and is a Candidate Master. He is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post where he outlines his Eurosceptic views.

  • a photo of Sammy Wilson

    Sammy is the Member of Parliament for East Antrim. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast East from 1998 until 2003 and for East Antrim from 2003 until 2015. He served as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1986 – 1987 and again from June 2000 to June 2001. He was the first person from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to hold the office. He previously served as Minister of Finance and Personnel and Minister of the Environment in the Northern Ireland Executive.

  • a photo of Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage is a UKIP MEP for the South East of England and Leader of UKIP. Elected in 1999, he has used his experience of the EU to increase awareness of its activities back home in the United Kingdom. A firm believer in Independence for the United Kingdom he is a proponent of free speech and has faced considerable hostility from his political opponents for speaking out in favour of free and fair referendums on the transfer of power from elected politicians to the EU

  • a photo of Philip Hollobone

    Philip has been the Member of Parliament for Kettering since 2005. Since being elected, Philip has one of the best combined speaking and voting records in the House of Commons of any MP. His aim is to stand out on behalf of local people. “As the local MP, my job is to be the voice of local people at Westminster, not Westminster’s voice in Kettering”.

  • a photo of Kelvin Hopkins

    Kelvin Hopkins has been Labour MP for Luton North since 1997. For 18 years he was a policy and research officer with NALGO/Unison responsible for policy on European matters among other things. Kelvin is a member of the European Scrutiny Committee. Previously employed for five years in the Economic Department of the TUC, he has also taught economics and has had various employments in industry.