Links with Europe are es­sen­tial for us, says MP

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sam Wil­liams

Shop­pers in Ash­ford showed their sup­port for the Bri­tain Stronger in Europe cam­paign at the week­end.

Bor­ough coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Galpin said hun­dreds of peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the UK to re­main a part of the EU.

Cllr Galpin, ward mem­ber for Stour, was joined by Ash­ford MP Damian Green and Con­ser­va­tive bor­ough coun­cil­lors Mar­ion Martin and Jane Martin at the stand in the High Street on Satur­day.

Mr Green has con­firmed his place in the ‘In’ camp, say­ing we are “stronger, safer and richer” as part of the EU.

Speak­ing about the Prime Min­is­ter’s deal which was ne­go­ti­ated in Brus­sells last week, the MP added: “Now we have a good re­form deal we must make the long-term ar­gu­ments for stay­ing in.”

Cllr Galpin (Con) agreed: “I think the deal is far bet­ter than I could have dreamed of. It’s chang­ing the EU for the bet­ter.”

The pack­age that David Cam- eron agreed would take ef­fect im­me­di­ately if the UK voted to re­main in the EU.

The changes in­clude re­cal­cu­la­tions of mi­grants’ child ben­e­fit pay­ments, as well as lim­it­ing the in-work ben­e­fits for EU mi­grants dur­ing their first four years in the UK, and pro­tec­tion for the City of Lon­don and pre­vent­ing eu­ro­zone reg­u­la­tions be­ing im­posed on it.

The prime min­is­ter also an­nounced that a June ref­er­en­dum ask­ing the Bri­tish pub­lic if they want to stay in the EU.

Cllr Galpin said re­main­ing in the EU was the best op­tion for the UK as it would pro­tect jobs, de­fend our bor­ders and save ev­ery house­hold money.

He said he was pleased with the sup­port they re­ceived on Satur­day: “We got a lot of strong re­sponses from the pub­lic. We got a cou­ple of hun­dred sig­na­tures.”

Mr Green added: “I was de­lighted at the re­sponse we re­ceived. Many peo­ple asked for more in­for­ma­tion about Europe and the ref­er­en­dum and were very aware of how es­sen­tial our links with Europe are for Ash­ford.”

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4224534

Cllr Gra­ham Galpin, cen­tre, with Jane Martin, Mar­ion Martin and Richard Bunting in Ash­ford High Street

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