Crossing our fingers and hoping is not an approach that offers this region the economic certainty it needs - Johnson
Alan Johnson, Chair of the Labour IN campaign writing in the Journal said:
I’ve been visiting the North East for the best part of four decades first as a Trade Union official, then as a visiting Member of Parliament and Government Minister. Over those years I’ve seen the region transform itself whilst always retaining its admirable outward look on the world. The North East is rightly proud of its heritage; shipyards that built some of the greatest vessels on the waters, steel that was used to construct some of the world’s most famous landmarks, exporting coal that powered industrial revolutions. As the economy has changed so has the region’s strengths, you’re now home to the most productive car plant in the world, to leading software development companies and you’ve brought back train building to the area that first gave the world the steam locomotive.Read more
Tony Blair returned to his old Sedgefield seat to make a keynote speech on the importance of European Union membership to the UK, and to the North East in particular. He said that leaving Europe would leave Britain diminished in the world.
Ed Miliband has ruled out an EU referendum unless there is a significant transfer of powers to the European Union. He has said that otherwise a referendum would become a distraction from saving the NHS, ending zero hour contracts and increasing the minimum wage.
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party, Tony Blair, in a speech in Sedgefield today said:
"Elections should never simply be about an exchange of rhetoric, the laying out of policy positions or the cacophony of the campaign. They should also be an investigation and a decision about our ambitions as a nation, who we are and where we're going."Read more
North East holidaymakers will be able to send home holiday snaps for less this summer, with European data roaming charges slashed in half from today [Tuesday July 1].
The costs of sending texts, and making and receiving calls will also come down. And from 2016, once agreement is reached amongst EU governments, roaming charges will be abolished completely.Read more