I had a busy weekend in Blackburn, along with many Labour party members, I was out campaigning on the local government election campaign. Please remember to use your vote and have your vote heard this Thursday. Of course, I hope you use your vote for the Labour Party in Blackburn and beyond.
On Friday I visited BAE Samlesbury, it was incredible to see the work being done here in Lancashire, the site is currently working on the joint F-35 fighter jet, the engineering and development is at the pinnacle found anywhere in the world.
During my visit the site I met with Trade Union representatives, we discussed many things including the upcoming European Referendum. I was interested to hear their views about how important the EU is when it comes to jobs in their industry as well as our wider economy. BAE is a massive employer locally, at the Samlesbury site 4500 people are currently employed as well as a further 5000 at Warton. It’s estimated that for every BAE worker there is 3.7 workers in the support industries, that means there are 20,000 jobs in and around Blackburn dependent of BAE Systems continued operation in the area. It’s a well-known fact that we far more likely to negotiate contracts successfully from the EU if we remain a member of the EU.
It was also great to meeting young campaigner, Amanda Cave who is the a Junior Ambassador for the One Campaign who came to see me to seek support for a public register of funds held in British Overseas Territories. I am more than happy to support the campaign and if you would like more information please see the One Campaign website here.