Roberta Blackman- Woods MP for the City of Durham was delighted to help out at a stall in Durham Market Place on Saturday aimed at getting young people to register to vote in the EU referendum.
The stall was organised by a number of young people in the area who belong to or support the Stronger In campaign. Roberta was joined at the stall by Baroness Maeve Sherlock who also lives in Durham. The deadline for registering to vote is 7th June. People can register on the government website www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
'I was absolutely delighted to join Baroness Maeve Sherlock and lots of young people, from the Stronger In campaign at their stall in the market place on Saturday. I was so pleased to be part of a campaign encouraging young people in particular to register to vote. What happens in the referendum on 23 June will very much affect the future for young people in this country and is very important therefore that they have a huge say in what happens.
I hope that young people, register to vote and then use that vote for remain . The economy of the whole country benefits from our membership of the EU and this is especially the case for the North East. Many business leaders in the North East have made it clear that they invest here because we are the gateway to Europe and we must not put that advantage in jeopardy and we are a net beneficiary of European structural and development funds.
But it is worth remembering that the benefits of membership of the EU go beyond the economy to consumer rights, workers rights, protecting animal welfare and helping us address climate change an issue that many young people care deeply about.
I can only thank the young people of the Stronger In campaign for an excellent stall and join them in urging young people to register to vote before the deadline.'
With thanks to Finlay Yusef- Cook for the photographs