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Published on Thursday 24th April 2014
Lib Dem MEP candidates Giles Goodall and Antony Hook have brought their positive campaign message as the ‘Party of In’ to voters in Surrey.
Speaking at a Liberal Exchange event organised by Elmbridge Liberal Democrats in Claygate, Giles & Antony emphasised that thousands of local jobs depend on our trade with the EU.
Speaking about the benefits of our EU membership, Antony also highlighted the need to work together to protect the environment and to fight cross-border crime.
Giles talked about the importance of being engaged in Europe to achieve reforms and busted some classic Euromyths – the anti-European scare stories often spread by the tabloid press.
Ahead of the public meeting in Claygate, the South East candidates also visited Esher and Walton-on-Thames to meet with local party members and voters, and to answer their questions about Europe.
Published on Sunday 20th April 2014
Originally published in the Sussex Express
Last week, I visited Shoreham Port to talk about the Sussex jobs linked to our trade with Europe.
Some 1,600 people work at the port – jobs that could be placed at risk if we were to pull out of the EU.
British manufacturers have made it clear which side they are on – nine out of 10 car industry firms want Britain to stay in Europe including Hyundai, Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover.
UK manufacturers across the country – both large and small – have also said that staying in the EU is vital for Britain’s economic future.
Liberal Democrats are going into the European elections with a strong and simple message: let’s listen to the advice of British businesses and protect local jobs by staying in the EU to reform it from within.
After all, how can we expect to build a stronger economy by walking away from our biggest trading partner? £18 billion of exports from our region go to the EU and over 200,000 local jobs are linked to our membership.
Published on Thursday 17th April 2014
The damage to the Sussex economy if Britain leaves the EU was one of the top issues discussed in a meeting at Shoreham Port in West Sussex on Friday.
Giles Goodall, Liberal Democrat European candidate for South East England and Jemima Bland, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham met Rodney Lunn, Shoreham Port’s chief executive. David Edey, chairman of Eastbrook Liberal Democrats, also joined the meeting.
Mr Lunn pointed out that 1,600 people work in the port and much of the port’s trade is with Europe. It was important to maintain Britain’s influence within the country’s largest trading partner, he said.
On being in or out of the EU, Mr Lunn added: “If you’re not around the table, you’re on the menu.
Published on Tuesday 8th April 2014
Giles Goodall, Lib Dem MEP candidate for South East England, has today pledged to campaign for an end to the European Parliament's travelling circus by backing a Single Seat for the institution.
The duplication of European Parliament buildings and facilities in Brussels and Strasbourg is a huge drain on the EU's resources. The Parliament's travelling circus means MEPs, their staff and thousands of journalists, lobbyists and others have to shuttle from Brussels to Strasbourg for one week every month.
Signing the Single Seat pledge in Brussels today, Giles said:
"Like any organisation, we need to continuously reform and update the EU to make sure that it remains fit for purpose in the 21st century. Having worked at the European Parliament for three years, I've experienced first hand the waste of time, money and energy involved in shuttling to and from Strasbourg.
"As an MEP candidate, I will campaign for a single seat for the European Parliament, saving taxpayers £150 million a year and cutting carbon emissions by 19,000 tonnes.