Below is a letter to the Cambridge News from our Labour In for Britain campaign champion.
I am intrigued by the rather curious article in your newspaper (18.05.16) by Colin Barker, Deputy Chair of South Cambridgeshire Conservatives, ‘EU stops us doing what makes sense’ in which he makes little sense himself. Mr Barker claims to speak for what is best for the British farmer, yet his own organisation the National Farmers Union has passed a motion advising that it is best for farmers to Remain in the EU. The NFU also carried out a detailed study which advises that it in the best interests of farmers to Remain. Indeed a farmer appearing on the Newsnight debate (13th May) expressed no confidence in the government replacing the same level of subsidies as the EU and also clarified that EU agricultural policy has meant that our ‘countryside’ with the landscapes we love has been preserved.
Mr Barker does not mention other dimensions of the EU referendum debate argued by the united Labour Remain campaign in South Cambridgeshire, such as the potential loss of employment rights if we leave the EU, such rules contribute massively to the health & well -being of the community. However perhaps the loss of employment rules and an increase in his profits would make sense to Mr Barker?
Linda de Chenu
South Cambridgeshire Constituency Labour Party
Labour IN for Britain Campaign