STE­WART JACK­SON

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Last year the Bri­tish peo­ple voted to leave the Euro­pean Union. Peo­ple voted for change and sent a mes­sage to the out of touch lib­eral elite that run the EU.

And this week the Prime Min­is­ter set out her plan to de­liver ex­actly that.

Of course, peo­ple around the coun­try and in Peter­bor­ough backed dif­fer­ent sides in the ref­er­en­dum. In Eng­land, like most ar­eas out­side of cos­mopoli­tan Lon­don, Peter­bor­ough achieved a clear ma­jor­ity of nearly 61% who voted to leave, mainly be­cause they felt that they hadn’t ben­e­fited from the re­wards of glob­al­i­sa­tion and mass mi­gra­tion as rep­re­sented by the EU. That’s why it’s im­por­tant that the now Prime Min­is­ter has set out the plan for a stronger, fairer, global Bri­tain as we leave the EU.

I will con­tinue to be a strong lo­cal voice to en­sure the plan works for the city and for our coun­try as a whole.

Last week too, we saw that eco­nomic growth pre­dic­tions for our coun­try had been in­creased from the neg­a­tive pre­dic­tions that Ge­orge Os­borne had con­jured up to try to scare peo­ple and skew the vote to Re­main on 23rd June. After the Prime Min­is­ter’s speech, the Pound rose to its high­est value for sev­eral months, a sign that the mar­kets are con­tin­u­ing to have con­fi­dence that this is the right de­ci­sion for our coun­try and we have a de­gree of cer­tainty in the process. Un­der this gov­ern­ment, un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures this week show job­less­ness is down in Peter­bor­ough by a phe­nom­e­nal 68 per cent since 2010, de­spite some doom­say­ers’ pre­dic­tions that Brexit would de­stroy our econ­omy and im­me­di­ately send us back into re­ces­sion

Theresa May has been clear we will re­main a good friend and neigh­bour to Europe – and that means pur­su­ing a bold and am­bi­tious free trade agree­ment with the Euro­pean Union. But we also want to be able to strike trade deals with other coun­tries. This of­fers fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties for Peter­bor­ough busi­nesses - and we will work hard to get the best pos­si­ble deal for our coun­try.

We’ll also need to get con­trol of the num­ber of peo­ple who come to Bri­tain from Europe, to en­sure that Bri­tain is fair to ev­ery­one who lives and works in this coun­try. This was a clear mes­sage from the pub­lic in the city be­fore and dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign. Other par­ties, like Labour, have said that get­ting con­trol of im­mi­gra­tion and our laws isn’t a pri­or­ity – with Jeremy Cor­byn specif­i­cally com­ing to the city to de­liver the most bun­gled em­bar­rass­ingly in­co­her­ent mes­sage I’ve ever seen any leader of any po­lit­i­cal party give in re­cent times.

Frankly, we’re at an his­toric junc­ture and only the Con­ser­va­tives will take the op­por­tu­nity to make the coun­try stronger and fairer, with the right deal abroad and a bet­ter deal for or­di­nary work­ing peo­ple here at home. Let’s have the con­fi­dence in our­selves to go out into the world, se­cur­ing trade deals, win­ning con­tracts, gen­er­at­ing wealth and con­tin­u­ing to cre­ate jobs across Peter­bor­ough.

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