Labour has been clear that we want a different way – good quality jobs for young people, investment in health & education
Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East speaking at the allocation of seats in Sunderland:
Thank you for giving me the chance to represent my home region in the European Parliament – a region that I am passionate about. I will return this trust by ensuring that I am a local MEP, engaging all the time, across the whole region, to reflect your views in the European Parliament.Read more
Labour topped the poll in the North as the party gained new MEPs in the European Elections last night.
In the North East, Labour candidates Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen were elected to represent the region, gaining an additional seat for the party and defeating the Leader of the Conservative Party in Europe on the way.
Labour saw an 11.5% increase in the vote across the region.
In the North West which covers Cumbria, Labour also came out on top of the poll, gaining an additional seat. Theresa Griffin, Afzal Khan and Julie Ward were elected as Labour MEPs.
Speaking at a meeting in Hexham last night, one of Labour’s European candidates Judith Kirton-Darling reiterated her total opposition to UKIP’s policy of stripping Northumberland of EU funds to support rural business development and hill farming.
“Our region has been a net beneficiary of EU membership with £498 million in the last 5 years alone for regional infrastructure, skills and business development, alongside support for our hill farming communities and rural economy within the Common Agricultural Policy. UKIP’s policies would cut off this vital regeneration support and undermine the 13,000 Northumbrian jobs directly dependent on EU trade.”
“These are not common sense policies but would be suicidal for our region’s economy rural and urban. We need a reformed EU focusing all our collective attention on strengthening our regional economy and creating good jobs".
Having been an Anti-Apartheid Movement activist while at Leeds University in the 1980s I was lucky enough to land a full time job working for the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) at its headquarters in Mandela Street in Camden, London.
Here I was employed as the convenor of Southern Africa - The Imprisoned Society (SATIS) and in this role I was responsible for organising the campaign aimed at gaining the release of the political prisoners in South Africa including those on death row and those on Robben Island, whose ranks included Nelson Mandela.Read more
The Labour Party and the CBI don’t always agree, but on the importance of our continued European Union membership we do.
A recent survey of CBI members revealed that 78% of firms in the UK favour staying in.
This really does beg the question: why do UKIP and half the Conservative Party want to leave the EU?
If 78% of garages said my car needed new brake pads, I’d change them. Why do the anti - Europeans not believe the professionals? How can Nigel Farage and Bill Cash know better what is best for business than the CBI and its members?Read more
Judith Kirton-Darling, Labour's European Candidate for the North East, in a speech to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said:
This government has launched a wholesale offensive on working people: with rocketing youth unemployment, privatisation of key public services, and growth industries like food banks.
And no one can be in any doubt about the next target.
Today Labour unveils its candidates to fight the 2014 European Elections in the North East region.
Labour Party members have selected Judith Kirton-Darling, Paul Brannen and Jayne Shotton.Read more