A better future with our membership of the European Union
Yesterday Alan Johnson and the 'Labour In' campaign released this video showing why he is supporting the campaign to remain a part of the EU. As a supporter of the UK's membership of the EU I wanted to share it.
I am proud to support Labour's campaign to remain a part of the European Union. I believe that being a part of Europe makes us stronger, and Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney have received huge benefits by remaining part of the EU including:
Funding for local projects including The Winding House, Bike Park Wales, Penderyn Square and the Redhouse.
Funding for Merthyr Tydfil Football Club.
Membership to the EEC that profits the UK to around £40bn- that equates to around £3000 per home.
Commitment to free movement, allowing us to attract top talent from across Europe as well as seek opportunities abroad.
Stronger security, through integrated policing and an EU anti Terrorism unit.
Employment rights like the Work and Time directive, to ensure that British workers aren't exploited.
European action on Climate change, giving the UK a strong bargaining position when taking global action on Emissions.
The Social Chapter, enshrining in law rights we take for granted across the EU
The EU isn't perfect, and Labour has a proud tradition in Europe of campaigning for reforms that ensure that we build a stronger and fairer society. going it alone could mean that we miss out 790,000 more jobs by 2030 and access to new markets in Europe for British businesses- like digital services, energy and tourism. It's simply not worth the risk.
We also have to thank the EU for being a major reason behind the most prolonged period of peace in Western Europe. The EU's role in creating the 'Pax Europea' has meant that member states have been at peace since 1945, something that was recognized by awarding the EU The Noble Peace prize in 2012.
I believe that through Europe we can build a peaceful common future, one where everyone from all backgrounds can succeed. I hope you will join me in making the positive case to for the UK remain in the EU.
Gerald Jones MP
You can find out more about the benefits and campaign of remaining a member of the European Union at :
To find out more about the European union, its institutions, its projects, how to contact your representatives and how to visit the European parliament at the addresses below:
Europa, the official website of the EU: http://europa.eu/index_en.htm
The European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm
The European Parliament: www.europarl.europa.eu/portal/en
Derek Vaughan MEP: www.derekvaughanmep.org.uk/
Visit the EU parliament in Brussels: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/visiting/en/index.html