A response to the PM’s speech on Europe this morning, words by our man in Europe Paul Haydon (works with Sarah Ludford MEP)
Britain has always stood and fought for our interests and principles in Europe. In recent years we have been the driving force behind the single market, which has created 3.5 million jobs and made the average British household £3300 better off per year. We’ve also led the way on foreign policy and global trade, making Europe a force for peace and prosperity throughout the world. Finally, we have been at the forefront of efforts to establish police cooperation across Europe, protecting British citizens from organised criminals, terrorists and paedophiles. This was not achieved through threatening our neighbours with blackmail, but through building alliances, winning the argument, and pushing for EU-wide reform.
David Cameron wants to hold other EU members to ransom in a bid to repeal the social and employment laws which give us minimum standards for annual holidays, maternity leave and working hours. Not only is there no way that other EU countries will allow the UK to undercut the rest of Europe, but this clearly would not be in the interests of British citizens.
Instead, we need an ambitious platform of reform, cutting red tape for small businesses, expanding trade with emerging economies, and ensuring that Europe remains competitive in the 21st century. We also need to make sure that Britain retains its influence and does not become sidelined as the eurozone moves towards gradual integration. The best way to achieve this is by working with our European allies, not by alienating them.
Happy New Year from everyone at London Liberal Youth, we start the New Year with big plans and more exciting events & campaigns to get involved with.
Coming up in the next few weeks we have Action Days in Haringey and Kingston:
Sat 19th January: Muswell Hill Action Day (Haringey, North London)
Sat 2nd February: Kingston Action Day (South West London)
Meanwhile our mother organisation Liberal Youth has elected new members to its executive, including Sam Fisk and Kavya Kaushik as co-Chair.
Follow them on twitter: @kavya_kaushik and @samfisk93
Sam & Kav are both big campaigners: Sam led the #BearsforBelarus campaign, and Kavya has been active in LY Scotland, and is originally from Edgware in North London. We look forward to them leading Liberal Youth back out on the doorstep and into our local communities!
Votes @ 16
On January 24th Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams has secured a debate on votes at 16 in the House of Commons. Find out more here: http://www.votesat16.org/news/house-of-commons-to-debate-votes-at-16-we-need-your-help/
Merry Christmas from us!!
We want to say a huge thank-you to everyone who’s been involved over the last year, and made London Liberal Youth a fun and exciting group to be involved with.
A couple of weeks ago now we had a hugely successful event in Parliament with Lib Dem party President Tim Farron (pic above), last week we were protesting against human rights abuses in Belarus, and every weekend we are out in by-elections, action days and campaigning in our local communities.
Go home and enjoy Christmas with friends, families and loved ones and we hope that in the New Year we will see you at a London Liberal Youth event!
…Merry Christmas with lots of #LibDemLove!