Labour’s European election campaign is underway in Brighton and Hove following a launch event in the city on 23rd April and candidates warned of the potential dangers to 12,000+ local jobs.
Brighton-based candidate Tracey Hill, Anneliese Dodds, John Howarth and Emily Westley kicked off the campaign with a strong message about protecting local jobs.
Figures show that over 12,000 jobs in Brighton and Hove are supported by exports to the European Union (EU).
The candidates highlighted the need for a strong voice in Europe for extra investment and jobs, and to preserve the 12,149 jobs that are reliant on EU trade.
Anneliese Dodds said: "The EU supports many jobs in Brighton and Hove, but Labour wants to see more and better quality jobs being created here in the future.
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“Our MEPs have worked hard in the European Parliament to secure investment in the South East and also to improve working rights.
“Now we're campaigning for the EU to take action against zero-hours contracts and other measures which mean that many people working here in Brighton and Hove are really struggling to cope with the high cost of living".
John Howarth said: “As someone who runs a small business in the creative sector, like hundreds of those across Brighton and Hove, I know we would be poorer off out of Europe.
“I want to work hard to ensure South East England gets the most out of our relationship with the rest of the EU, so we are able to live where we want, work and do business where we want, and trade with our neighbours”
Over the next few weeks until May 22nd, the candidates will be campaigning in Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Kemptown and Hove, as well as in a number of other Sussex constituencies.
This follows numerous previous visits to Brighton and Hove by Anneliese and John, the two top-placed Labour candidates, when they have talked to hundreds of people on the doorstep, met with people involved in the local food economy and attended events at Sussex University.
Notes for Editors:
The figure of 12,149 jobs being dependent on trade with the EU is calculated on the basis of recent research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) which suggests that since 1997 there has been an increase of 17.5% in the number of jobs in the South East dependent on trade with the rest of the EU. This has been used to calculate the uplift on jobs estimated to result from trade with the EU for the three constituencies of Brighton Kemptown, Brighton Pavilion and Hove which South Bank University calculated for 1997 on the basis of ONS statistics (2333, 4259 and 3748, respectively).