As regards membership of the European Economic Community [EEC], the Tories were against the UK joining, the Liberal manifesto said that a Liberal government would enter into negotiations about entry into the EEC and would join if the terms were right, though everyone knew that they would join whatever the terms were. The majority of the Socialist Labour Party was opposed to entry into the EEC, but a significant minority was in favour. The party's manifesto promised a referendum on whether or not the UK should join the EEC. The Socialist Labour manifesto proposed that the policy of the Liberal/Socialist Labour coalition of 1955-58 of protecting the Lancashire cotton industry by tariffs and import controls would continue. This policy was continued when the Socialist Labour ministers left the coalition.