In the Observer & Advertiser’s sister paperthe Yorkshire Post on Saturday I laid out my reasons for choosing to support the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union in the upcoming referendum.
This is the most important decision that the British people will make in a generation. It will fundamentally recast our relationship with our European partners.
We will decide either to forge a new path, trading with Europe but not run by it, and free to make our own choices on what is best for Britain; or to continue as a member of a shrinking political union which has shown little willingness to change, even when faced with the prospect of one of its largest members leaving.
As ever I commend the Prime Minister for giving the people the chance to have their voices heard on this crucial issue. However, in the face of mounting opposition from our EU partners to recognise the strength of feeling in the UK, he has been unable to secure key concessions that will make the UK safer and more prosperous.
I feel incredibly strongly that now is the time for Britain to stand tall and retake her place on the world stage. As the fifth largest economy in the world, we will be able to negotiate trade deals that work for British people and British businesses. We would be able to secure our borders and formulate an immigration policy that works for everyone, reduces strain on our public services and lets us take real care of those people who come to the UK, as well as everyone who already lives here.
This decision though is fundamentally not about how I or any other MP chooses to vote. Even if every MP voted one way, with just 650 of us compared to 40 million voters around the UK it would make no difference at all to the outcome. This is your chance to make your voice heard, and though I hope you will join me in backing Leave, we certainly have an exciting campaign ahead.
Meanwhile, away from the hectic world of national politics, I also wanted to take a moment to talk about my upcoming Jobs Fair. This Friday, lots of local businesses and I will be taking over the Morley JobCentre on Queen Street for my second Jobs Fair. I held my first one as a candidate and it was a huge success, so I’m excited to be doing the same thing again.
On the day we will have representatives from businesses including Positive People Recruitment, YPO, Barclays, White Rose Shopping Centre, Armed Forces, NewDay, Heathcotes, Leeds Employment Services, The Point, Asda, QHotels, YMCA and Peter Duffy Ltd.
Morley has a relatively low level of unemployment when compared to the rest of the country.
However, this can make it difficult for those without jobs to find them, so if you are looking for work I hope you will be able to make it between 10am and 2pm to meet your potential future employer.
To register your place please go to http://www.andreajenkyns.co.uk/jobs-fair.