St Helens MP Conor McGinn has announced that he is campaigning for the UK to remain a member of the European Union following the announcement by the Prime Minister that the referendum will take place this June.
Conor will join Alan Johnson MP on the Labour In For Britain campaign, and work with Britain Stronger In Europe as a political champion for the North West region.
Independent research has shown that EU membership is worth хЃ 13.5 billion every year to the North West in increased trade and CEBR figures show that 477,005 jobs are linked to the EU. хЪUnder the EU Youth Employment Initiative in the North West, Merseyside also receives хЃ22.2m of funding to help get young people back to work
Outlining his reasons for backing the In campaign, Conor said:
“I am pleased to announce that I will be formally backing the Stronger In campaign as a political champion to make the case that Britain is stronger, better off and more secure in Europe.
“For people in St Helens North and across Britain, 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.
“As we approach the referendum, I encourage businesses and volunteers in St Helens North to join in the debate. The decision facing us is the most important in a generation and voters must have all the information they need to make an informed decision.”
Will Straw, Executive Director of Stronger In, said:
“Britain Stronger In Europe is pleased to welcome Conor McGinn to join our team of political champions. Our supporters come from a range of political backgrounds, from all walks of life and from all regions of the UK.
“Their diverse backgrounds make them a formidable team in making the case for why Britain is stronger, safer, and better off in Europe than we would be out on our own.
“I look forward to working with Conor making a positive and patriotic case that it is in Britain’s interest to remain part of Europe. Our membership makes our economy stronger, our security stronger and gives us a stronger voice on the world stage.”