Edward McMillan-Scott: Yorkshire benefits from access to Single European Market

Yorkshire DalesLiberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Edward McMillan-Scott has been talking to the Yorkshire Post about the benefits staying in the EU brings to the region and asked those who believe in the EU to vote Liberal Democrat tomorrow:

There is no doubt whatsoever that as much as any region this one is benefiting from access to the single European market. The other side of that is inward investment. Siemens would not have committed themselves to Hull (to build a major wind turbine plant) unless they thought we were staying in the EU. They have taken the view that the British population by a majority wants to stay in the EU and I think the Liberal Democrat hope is that people who are pro-Europeans and want to stay in the EU will lend their votes.

The wider article assesses Liberal Democrat prospects across the Region. Edward has nothing but praise for the Liberal Democrat campaign:

I think it is going to be tight for the Lib Dems but I don’t think people should underestimate the capacity in the party to operate highly effectively. It is well known for its campaigning. Elections are about organisation and commitment. The thing that impresses me as a former Conservative is just how proficient and professional the Lib Dem machinery is.

Carl Minns, former Liberal Democrat Leader of Hull City Council, looks at our local government prospects across the Region:

It certainly feels better than 2011, but I don’t suppose it could get any worse. The feeling I get is that the Labour vote is less motivated than it was two years ago. We could do better than the polling suggests. Talking to colleagues around the region, bullish would be the wrong word but they are saying the same things, we can win where we have put in a consistent level of work.

His comments about Labour made us prick up our ears, especially as we’ve been hearing that Labour have been retreating to their strongest areas to fight UKIP rather than try to make gains in places like Sheffield.

While Labour retreat, the Liberal Democrats have upped their game, says Carl:

More and more Liberal Democrat councillors are realising the level of work they did up to 2011 isn’t enough to keep your seats. It is going to be tough, but not impossible if you dig in and work hard.

Certainly, there is a mammoth effort going on across the whole country. Campaigners have delivered strong campaigns on the ground. They deserve strong results tomorrow.

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  • Yorkshire Guidon 21st May '14 - 11:26pm

    Yorkshire & the Humber has the lowest levels of inward investment of any English region.

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