Today the EU Remain campaign stepped up its activities in Durham with a visit and speech from Baroness Glenys Kinnock.  Addressing a packed audience at the Lindisfarne Centre she outlined what we gain from EU membership – not least in terms of its support for development in Commonwealth countries. She also emphasised how much the region gains from our membership of the EU in jobs, workers’ rights, environmental benefits and an ability to work positively with our partners in Europe to secure more prosperity for all and a continuation of the peace we have enjoyed for many, many years.

She was joined at the meeting by Alan Donnelly, former MEP and the City’s MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, both strong supporters of the Remain campaign.

Glenys said:

“It’s important to remember that the reach from the EU is a wide one and its aid and development assistance programme gives real practical support to a number of Commonwealth countries, as well as to disadvantaged regions of the UK.”

Alan Donnelly said:

“I’m really pleased that Glenys was able to come to Durham today to help the Remain campaign in the region emphasise why membership in the EU is so important for us, environmentally, economically and socially.”

Roberta said:

“I have been talking to a number of people in Durham on how they are going to vote and a number want more information.  Having Glenys here today is wonderful.  It is part of the focus of the Remain campaign to highlight the huge boost to our economy that comes from companies like Nissan and Hitachi investing here. The region is a net gainer from Europe not only in financial terms but by improvements to our environment and better consumer and workers’ rights.

Anyone who cares about the future of the region should vote Remain.” 

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