Labour in Cornwall will be voting YES in the EU In or Out Referendum. It is doubtful any area in the UK has gained more from our country being a member of the EU than Cornwall. It can be estimated that Cornwall has benefitted to the tune of about £2 billion pounds.
I doubt anyone would believe any UK government would grant an extra £2 Billion to Cornwall if we left the EU. If the Labour Government had not succeeded in working with Brussels and splitting Cornwall from Devon for statistical purposed then it is clear Cornwall would not have
- A first class university - actually 2, providing top quality well paid jobs and the chance for young people in Cornwall to see what higher education is all about.
- Dualling of the A30 at Goss Moor.
- Support for our farmers - the NFU reckon that only 9% of farmers would survive without EU subsides. Do we really think that Cornish farmers, at the far end of the supply chain, will be part of that 9%?
- Support for industries like fishing with new fish markets
- Super Fast Broadband. It is not fanciful to think that without support from the EU we would still be on dial up in Cornwall.
- Improvements to our rail - doubling the numbers of trains on our branch lines and significantly improving the main line.
- Training and support for small businesses (and we have a few of them in Cornwall!)
- Improvements to Newquay, Lands End and St Mary's airports.
- Improvements to our health services at Treliske including our air ambulance, dental school and Innovation centre.
- 30,000 jobs created locally. 30,000!Not forgetting protection through EU designation for our pasty industry.
- Investing in new technologies like the Wave Hub that pave the way for new industries for Cornwall.
- The Eden Project that has provided such a boost to our tourism industry
- And more than £7 million here in Falmouth for Pendennis Shipyard - a company providing top quality jobs, apprenticeships and a future for many locally.
All this investment would end if people vote No on June 23rd. Do we really believe that South East dominated Whitehall and Westminster will send those sort of sums to Cornwall? Of course not. Times are hard enough in Cornwall now without losing what support we do get.
Added to which our protection for workers rights, equal pay, holidays and maximum working hours would be severely under threat. These rights were hard won by both UK and European trade unions and socialist parties. Let's not let Cornwall go backwards - left behind in funding and living under Victorian style workers rights.
Vote In on June 23rd.