Monday, 23 July 2012

Press Release: Have Your Say team to be in Ludlow on Friday (27th July 2012)

We've awoken to a rare site in Birmingham today - blue skies and sunshine. The team are out in Ludlow on Friday and are hoping that the weather can hold up. More information below.






Issue Date: 23rd July 2012

Independent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire will be sending her Have Your Say Battle Bus to Ludlow on July 27th from 10am – 3pm. Nikki’s highly successful campaign has been featured across the national press as she delivered 120,000 signatures to Downing Street and secured a debate in Parliament on 24th October 2011. The Campaign for a Referendum on our continued membership of the European Union is carrying on collecting signatures across the region, as well as giving out information and advice about MEP’s and European Matters.

Nikki wants a referendum so everybody has a chance to register their say on whether we should be a part of the European Union, and the West Midlands has contributed over half of the 120,000 signature total. Nikki is bringing her new petition forms along to the event, so the members of the public have their chance to have their names added to the new petition form. The new petition form aims to become a bill in Parliament.

Anyone under the age of 54 has never had the chance to speak about this issue, which Nikki believes is a breach of our democratic principles. The last time the UK held a referendum on the Common Market, as it was known then, was in 1975 – and even this was retrospective. Despite the fact that this campaign could leave Ms Sinclaire without a job, Nikki is passionate that people be given a voice in deciding whether it is right that:

·         The UK contributes £48 million per day to the EU

·         75% of UK laws are decided by the EU yet the UK only has 72 MEPs in the Parliament out of a total of 736 MEPs

·         Each day we buy £5 million more from EU countries than they buy from us.

Commenting on her “Have Your Say” campaign, Nikki Sinclaire said, “European Law is rarely conducive or indeed relevant to British industry or infrastructure. The EU takes almost £50 million a day of our money for the privilege of belonging - money better spent in this country, where we need it most - on our hospitals, on our schools and in supporting our pensioners. When will the political elite realise that Britain cannot afford to remain in this Parliament?”

Like many towns and cities across the UK, Ludlow faces mounting cuts to public services. Nikki finds it a disgrace that even as the British public tightens its belt, the EU approves budget hikes and other measures which will impact on the British pocket.

Nikki’s team of advisers will be with her mobile surgery in Ludlow’s Market Square from 10am – 3pm to collect signatures for the campaign, hand out literature and to give out information and advice about Nikki and the European Union.