Alan Johnson MP, the Chair of Labour In For Britain, hopped on board the battlebus this week as it toured the Tees Valley. Starting off at Hitachi Rail Europe's new £80m train production facility in Newton Aycliffe before heading off to campaign stops in Stockton and Middlesbrough. Alan ended his day at the Materials Process Institute in Redcar to hear how important access to the European Union is to their business.
We caught up with Alan at the end of his day on the bus...
Alan Johnson MP, the Chair of Labour In For Britain, hopped on board the battlebus this week as it toured the Tees Valley. Starting off at Hitachi Rail Europe's new...
In order to highlight the improvements the European Union has made to the quality of bathing water in the UK Paul Brannen, Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England, has decided to see for himself by taking a dip in the sea at various places along the North East coast.
Paul donned union flag shorts and armed with a union flag beach towel and swam in the sea at Bamburgh, Whitley Bay, Seaburn, Hartlepool and Saltburn.
Paul has obtained data through the European Parliament which shows in 1995 that over half of UK bathing waters were classified as poor but that has reduced to under 3% today. The number of bathing waters rated as excellent was just 12.43% in 1995 but this has risen to 63% today.
The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and the Bathing Waters Directive led the push to clean up the nation’s beaches, and is largely responsible for the greatly improved water quality across the region.
The first European bathing water directive was Directive was adopted in 1976 and in 2006 it was replaced by the Revised Bathing Water Directive.
Paul Brannen MEP said:
“The transformation of our air, rivers and beaches has come about because we decided to work together with our European neighbours to agree common standards.
“It’s been a bit of a trek, but I can say that it was totally worth a bit of cold and wet to highlight the massive difference the European Union has made to our beaches.
“Environmental issues don’t stop at borders and only by working together can we protect our environment.
“We are making the case to remain in the European Union because it is good for jobs and trade as well as workers’ and consumer rights and helping to keep peace in Europe for over 70 years.
“I hope everyone in the region recognises that the EU has made changes to their quality of life that they may not even think about, beaches being only one of many examples.”
The EU referendum takes place on the 23rd of June and people have until the 7th of June to register to vote if they haven’t already.
In order to highlight the improvements the European Union has made to the quality of bathing water in the UK Paul Brannen, Labour Member of the European Parliament for the...
The Chair of Labour In for Britain, Alan Johnson MP, has today encouraged young people across the North East to register to vote in the forthcoming referendum on the EU.
In the last year, figures show an 11 percent drop in the number of young people applying to appear on the register of electors in the North East when they turn 18 years old, a fall of over 1400.
• 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.
The deadline for registration for the EU referendum in 7th June 2016.
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, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Electoral Registration 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.”
The Chair of Labour In for Britain, Alan Johnson MP, has today encouraged young people across the North East to register to vote in the forthcoming referendum on the EU....