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This week we decided for our Saturday Campaign we would do a mini #pvroadtrip and go and visit the constituents of @justinmadders. We went to Ellesmere Port and Neston. But we decided we would ask a different question this week. #fbpe #peoplesvote
After some recent press reports that Brexit itself is costing us £550million per week in lost growth and the 4 billion pound no-deal contingency has been shelved, we wondered what @justinmadders constituents priorities were in terms of how to spend this #remaindividend.
So, we prepared this board and started having as many conversations as we could and we revealed some important issues, none of which had ANYTHING to do with the EU. Almost without exception the concerns are all controlled by Westminster or Local Government.
In Ellesmere Port this is the list of their concerns
school meals
Education (especially FE / IT education in north west schools where cuts have been hard)
Community activities especially for young people / public parks
Town Centre Viability
Children's Services
Ending poverty and Homelessness
Finding housing for people in Ellesmere Port
These next two are best carried out with international partners so the EU in this case is a useful vehicle for tackling these borderless concerns.
Ending animal cruelty
Controlling population growth to help climate change
Then onto Neston with the same question. Here is what your constituents think we should spend our #remaindividend on
The NHS especially mental health and social care
Potholes / roads / pavements
Ending child poverty
School meals
Children’s services
Education /schools
Youth employment
Better connectivity by public transport from West to East across the country
Police numbers
Business rates reduction for High Street shops
As you can see, there is no mention of immigration or FOM as problems which vex people, all the concerns are about individual lives and communities and making them better for everyone.
These issues cannot be addressed with any kind of priority or importance whilst the nation carries on being held to ransom by anti-Europeans in our parliament or whilst we spend the next 20 years negotiating trade deals with people, we are already trading with via EU trade deals.
Or whilst parliament spends all its energy working out how to make the impossible Brexit.
Or whilst we are haemorrhaging big employers in key industries.
No Brexit can solve these problems and every Brexit reduces our chances of fixing them in every way you can think of.
Our volunteers reported a few interesting conversations. We were visited by a woman whose husband works at Jaguar Land Rover and they have been told the plant will shut down in the event of No Deal. There is a factory already built in Croatia where production can be switched to.
Another visitor told us how social care in the are has been cut to the bone, her adult son needs access to these services and the family have struggled with the consequences of these cuts on the quality of their lives.
Many people were concerned with Ellesmere Port town Centre and how it needs more investment.
We spoke to a single mother who found surviving on benefits a struggle and she wanted a better live for herself and her children.
One woman made a point of telling us she regards herself as European and proud to be so. She has spent some time living in other EU countries and is extremely disappointed at having her rights and freedoms removed in this regard.
Once visitor has a brother who proudly voted leave but has bought a house in Spain and intends to live there full-time. The reason given for voting leave was that Led light bulbs to EU standards are too dim. Seperate reason number 557 for voting leave then.
One Vauxhall worker on the current shutdown thanks to the original Brexit date was concerned that even if the plant stays open post Brexit, the management would use constant threats of moving back to the EU as a way to reduce workers rights, same with other industries.
So, there we have it. We need to end Brexit. The people of Ellesmere Port and Neston rightly want to improve their lives and their communities. Brexit is not the answer, will only make that more difficult.
Actually listening and acting on these core issues is what needs to be done, not paying lip service to that and carrying on with this hugely damaging removal of ourselves from the EU which will not ease a single thing on this list of genuine voters desires.
When you parliamentarians have all finished wasting this time and money on Brexit and the people still have this list of concerns and their lives have got harder, they will ask their MPs why they did not act. Postbags will be full of "why did you let this happen to us?"
That’s why we want to #stopbrexit. That’s why we need to #RevokeA50 and get on with fixing the things that really are broken.
Write to your MP and tell them you want them to do what is in the best interest of their communities, not what is in the private interest of government
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