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".