Labour MP for Manchester Withington, Jeff Smith, has announced he is backing Britain to remain part of the European Union.
A referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is set to take place on Thursday June 23rd.
Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, said: “Britain is better off in Europe - it is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has also helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off. A Brexit has specific risks for Manchester: our city has received over £200m direct investment from European programmes over the last two decades and Greater Manchester has been allocated £356m from EU funds for the 2014-2020 period.
“Of course, we’d like to see a more progressive and democratic Europe but leaving the EU can’t and won’t bring that about. I’ll be campaigning for Britain to remain a member of the EU ahead of June’s referendum.”
Alan Johnson, Chair of Labour In for Britain, commenting on the Prime Minister's announcement of an EU Referendum on June 23rd, said:
“The deals are done, the theatrics are over. The Prime Minister has fired the starting gun in a campaign where Labour will be campaigning for a Britain that remains in Europe on June 23rd.
“In this campaign our party will be united in making the case that Britain is better off in Europe. Our EU membership brings Britain jobs, investment, trade and keeps us safe. Leaving the EU would put all that at risk and diminish Britain's influence in the world.
“It was pressure from Labour that meant David Cameron has been prevented from trading away rights at work in this deal and we can now get on with our campaign to keep Britain in Europe.”
To register to vote in the EU Referendum on June 23rd, and for forthcoming local authority elections, please visit: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you wish to sign up for a postal or proxy vote: you can do so on Manchester City Council’s website: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/download/4208/postal_vote_application