The UK’s membership of the EU is essential to accelerating growth in the UK car industry in the North East, Angela Eagle MP will argue today (Wednesday 8 June). Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will highlight new analysis which shows that a car rolls off a UK production line bound for Europe every 36 seconds.
Responding to the article by the Chairman of Hitachi warning about the consequences of a vote to leave the EU, Phil Wilson MP for Sedgefield and regional campaign co-ordinator of Labour in for Britain campaign said:
“The words of the Hitachi chairman, Mr Nakanishi, should come as a warning to those promoting the Leave campaign. Hitachi has made the biggest private sector investment in the North East since Nissan. The train building factory is in my constituency because of the brilliant local workforce and because the UK is the gateway to Europe. It would be a tragedy if the UK votes to leave the EU and put all the investment at risk.
“The leave campaigners are not acting in the best interest of the North East economy. What they are promoting is economic madness. I, and others, worked long and hard to ensure Hitachi came to the North East. I want to see the company stay for the long-term and expand creating more jobs, skills and prosperity. That can only happen if we remain part of the EU.”
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...
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.
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.