Last week’s referendum result was not what I and the Labour Party wanted.
I still believe Blackburn’s future will be best served in the future by having a close relationship with our neighbours in Europe. That said, the people have spoken and we have to accept last Thursday’s result however damaging that could be.
We campaigned for the UK to remain within the EU because we believed the economic case for doing so was unequivocal. We did not agree with the sentiments of the Leave campaign and are deeply worried about the impact this decision will have on the people of Blackburn in the years ahead.
Since the result was announced, it looks increasingly as though the Leave campaign have no idea what to do next. They are already reneging on the policy promises and commitments which were central to their campaign. Their claim to spend an additional £350 million on the NHS has been admitted as false; their promise to stop the freedom of movement unattainable; and vital infrastructure projects planned to be funded by the EU in areas that need them such as the north of England are at risk.
In addition, from David Cameron’s performance in the House of Commons yesterday, the Government clearly has no plan in the event of a Leave vote. This suggests that that over the next months and possibly years we are in for a turbulent time that will put on hold investment decisions and cause uncertainty that will affect jobs and prosperity in towns like Blackburn.
As Blackburn’s Member of Parliament I will ensure that the interests of our area are paramount and not sacrificed by a Tory Party that is still turning in on its self and putting individual’s careers before the interest of the Country.
As usual the strong message from Blackburn is that you can never trust the Tories.