• Conor says £3.8m of EU investment show St Helens North is Stronger In

    Analysis published by the Stronger In campaign today shows projects across St Helens North benefit from £3.8m of EU investment each year.

    A vote to leave the European Union would mean that St Helens North would lose access to the funds that support its communities.

    These statistics highlight the significant benefits of Britain’s membership of the EU in almost every area of the country.

    During the 2007-2013 European Structural Funds programme, the North West received £990 million and will receive £910 million under the 2014-2020 programme which has been allocated to Local Enterprise Partnerships who will help decide how the money is spent locally.

    Commenting Conor said:

    “This analysis by the Stronger In campaign shows just how important remaining in the EU is for people in St Helens North and across the North West.

    “St Helens North benefits through receiving EU funding, which supports regional development, provides investment in businesses, creates job opportunities, improves prospects for young people through apprenticeships and higher education, and supports agriculture.

    “Northern Trust and Morley Estates have received over £1.2 million and £2.5 million respectively for important projects run in the constituency.

    “For people in St Helens North and across the UK, being in Europe supports jobs and lower prices here at home, makes it easier to keep our streets safe and gives our country a stronger leadership role on the global stage.

    “Going out on our own is a risk we simply can’t afford to take. The European Union isn’t perfect. No partnership is. But the benefits outweigh the costs and this deal makes Britain even stronger in Europe than we would be out of it.”