In just over a week citizens of the United Kingdom will make a momentous decision about their country’s future.
The EU referendum has dominated the news agenda for the last few months and as we approach polling day I want to encourage all those who are able to vote to do so.
Voting registration has now closed but this decision will be the biggest in a lifetime so it is important that if you are able to vote that you do so you can have your say about your own future and that of the country for future generations.
On Friday Liverpool welcomed the Remain Campaign’s battle bus and I got on board to campaign for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union.
It is a huge decision and it is understandable that there are people still yet to make up their mind. I know the debate may seem like it has been dominated by Tory politicians and personality politics but the decision is so much more important than individual politicians and party political infighting.
I just want the public to have straight forward facts so that they can make an informed decision.
I will be voting to remain the EU as I believe a vote to not do so would put our economy at risk. I also think it is important to recognise how funding from the EU has benefited our area.
Our trade with Europe has meant that Vauxhall Motors site in Ellesmere Port which employs many local people has been able to secure and increase jobs at the plant. EU funding has also gone towards transforming places in Merseyside including New Brighton and its Floral Pavilion, restaurants and cinema. The area is now thriving and provides a great day out for all ages.
Across the water EU money has also given us the Echo Arena which draws in huge crowds of people going to see world famous stars play there. Money from the EU has also helped fund the restoration of St Georges Hall and the revitalisation of John Lennon airport.
There are many more reasons I believe we as a country are stronger together with Europe and I will be making this case in the run up to June 23.