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300 Labour Councillors have today signed a letter warning that “the disastrous economic effects of Brexit could mean catastrophe for our councils’ ability to deliver the services people rely on.”

 

Councillors from across the East Midlands  argue that in order to continue to support local businesses and jobs, remaining in the EU is crucial.  The letter argues that in almost every area of council work, leaving the EU would have a negative impact.  In particular they use the examples of policing, environmental protection and funding for flood protection as areas that could be damaged if the UK votes for leave in June.  They also argue that Brexit would leave local people £450 a year worse off as a result of higher prices on the high street.

 

The letter is part of the Labour Party’s ‘Labour In for Britain’ campaign to persuade people to vote to remain in the EU referendum on June 23rd.  The letter was signed by 300 councillors from across the East Midlands.  The Labour campaign is chaired by Alan Johnson MP nationally and Liz Kendall in the East Midlands with the backing of Jeremy Corbyn and the rest of the Labour Shadow Cabinet.

  

 

Dear editor,

 

As councillors delivering services to thousands of citizens every day, we are united in the view that Britain is better off in the EU.  From supporting local businesses and jobs, to protecting working people and supporting our health and environment, Britain’s EU membership is vital. If we leave, it is the people in our communities that will be hardest hit.

 

The EU is by far the UK’s largest trading partner and the world’s largest single market; half of our exports go to EU countries, worth £227 billion in 2014 to the UK economy, and over 200,000 British companies export to the EU.  The economic damage that leaving the EU would bring would wreak havoc on our local businesses and make it harder than ever for councils to deliver the services people rely on.  Given the Government’s recent decision to devolve business rates, the disastrous economic effects of Brexit could mean catastrophe for our councils’ ability to deliver the services people rely on.

 

Local councils have a crucial role to play in helping to protect our natural environment and securing a lower carbon future. We have been spurred on in our efforts by the standards and challenges set by the EU. British shoppers in our local highstreets and town centres are better protected than ever thanks to EU consumer protection and they pay lower prices on everything from passenger air fares to mobile phone roaming charges.  We know that, on average, the lower prices that come from being able to access the largest single market in the world save families in our communities £450 a year.

 

Our local police can better serve our communities because of the international intelligence they receive from European forces, and because they have the tools they need to do their job. The European Arrest Warrant has led to over 1,100 suspected criminals being arrested and returned to Britain to face justice; Britain has also sent 7,400 suspected criminals who had fled to our country back to the EU.  Our communities would not be safer if we abandoned such an important tool in the fight against crime.

 

Local councils have already had to make substantial cuts to their budgets over the last 6 years and leaving the EU will represent a further funding black hole that would make it harder to build homes and protect our towns against flooding. 

 

In almost every area of council work, leaving the EU would have a negative impact.  To successfully continue our jobs of delivering better services, safe communities and prosperous places we believe it is vital that the UK votes to remain on the 23rd of June.

300 East Midlands Councillors call on voters to remain in the EU

300 Labour Councillors have today signed a letter warning that “the disastrous economic effects of Brexit could mean catastrophe for our councils’ ability to deliver the services people rely on.”...

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As Labour’s referendum campaign tour arrives in Leicester and Nottingham today (Wednesday), Alan Johnson, Chair of Labour In for Britain, will say that the country’s future rests in the hands of young people.

Alan and Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, will be visiting Leicester and Nottingham to set out how:

•         Young voters will be key to securing a ‘Remain’ vote on 23 June but around one in four (1.5 million) 18-24 year olds have still not signed up to vote on June 23.

•         EU membership is vital to young people’s futures. UK higher education benefits greatly from EU funds and academic exchanges, and over 790,000 more jobs could be created by 2030 if we stay, through new trade deals and the opening up of markets in digital services, energy and tourism.

•         Nearly twice as many 18-24 year olds back voting to Remain than those aged 65, but they are only half as likely to say they will definitely vote.

Alan Johnson MP said:

“Whether in terms of job opportunities or further education at home, or the freedom to live, study, work and travel across our great continent, young people across Britain benefit enormously from our EU membership.
 
“They will be decisive in this referendum, not only in voting to Remain, but also in persuading their older, more socially conservative friends and relatives to vote for a brighter and more progressive future. We saw how significant this can be in last year’s Irish referendum on gay marriage.

“Young people understand what is at stake perhaps more than anybody. It is their future which hangs in the balance if they don’t turn out on the day.”
 
Gloria De Piero MP said:

“Young people know just how important our membership of the EU is – the majority would rather stay in. But far too many don’t plan to vote, and over one in four young people still aren’t registered.

“You have 27 days left to get on the register. So as we travel round the country I’ll be saying to all young people - don’t let the over-65s decide your future for you.”

Alan Johnson & Gloria De Piero – “Don’t let the over-65s decide your future for you”

  As Labour’s referendum campaign tour arrives in Leicester and Nottingham today (Wednesday), Alan Johnson, Chair of Labour In for Britain, will say that the country’s future rests in the...

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Labour’s Hardyal Dhindsa made history on May 5th with his election as the first Sikh Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales.

Mr Dhindsa who polled 78,858 votes to runner-up Conservative Richard Bright’s 77,245  now succeeds the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour’s  Alan Charles. He had previously served as Deputy to Mr Charles and campaigned on the work they had done together to make Derbyshire a safe, tolerant and inclusive county where people are respected and diversity is welcomed.

Mr Dhindsa, who praised his team; especially, his agent, Peter Ball and outgoing PCC, Alan Charles said:

 ‘This is a victory for everyone who wants Derbyshire to be as safe as it can be, with the needs of victims at the heart of all policies and the police supported in the work that they do on behalf of everyone. I have been privileged to meet people from every part of our county; its city, the towns, villages and rural areas during the course of this campaign and the points that they have raised with me about policing and crime prevention  have been invaluable. I will ensure that their voice is heard; that Derbyshire will say NO to the privatisation of police services and I will make the strongest possible case to government for proper funding for this essential service.

Whether it’s the perpetrators of traditional crime, or of new offences such as cyber crime, wrongdoers will be properly called to account for their actions and then rehabilitated to become responsible members of society. And there is no place for Hate Crime, Domestic Abuse or Wildlife Crime under my watch. I am ambitious for Derbyshire and simply want it to be one of the very best crime- free areas in the country. If we all work together we can make that a reality.’

During the course of his campaign, Harydal Dhindsa was joined by many senior Labour politicians including Dan Jarvis, Andy Burnham the Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow International Secretary, Diane Abbott.

IT’S DHINDSA FOR DERBYSHIRE!

Labour’s Hardyal Dhindsa made history on May 5th with his election as the first Sikh Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales.

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