Thought readers might be interested in Sarah Champion’s exchange with Tony Richardson on matters of a vote for citizens on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union:
“I asked MP Sarah Champion if she would be backing the private member’s bill on the 5th july 2013 for an in out referendum on the EU. As you can see she takes her party’s line on this in denying the people the first chance in 49 years to express their feelings on the matter..”
This is her reply:
“Dear Mr Richardson,
Thank you for contacting me recently regarding Britain’s role in Europe and the upcoming Private Members Bill which would legislate for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
I know this issue provokes strong and sincerely held views and I agree that Britain’s relationship with the EU is vital for our economy, jobs, trade and wider position in the world. I also agree that there needs to be urgent reform of the EU to ensure it focuses more on growth and jobs and so that national Parliaments have more of a say over the making of EU laws.
It is the economy, however, that is the biggest challenge Britain faces today, not Europe, and our priority should be stability, growth and jobs. I would like to see the Government focus on tackling unemployment and getting our economy moving again rather than obsessing over Europe and I do not believe that committing now to an in/out referendum on our membership of the EU would be in the British national interest.
Not only would this create uncertainty for local businesses and distract focus from the urgent need for economic recovery, but it could also affect Britain’s position in the world’s largest trading bloc and a single market that helps thousands of businesses across the country.
That is why I will not be supporting the Private Members Bill that is due to be debated on the EU on 5th July 2013.
Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views. I will continue to bear them in mind as this issue develops in Parliament.”
From the Star:
A South Yorkshire MP has spoken out about the use of IT and social media in child abuse.
Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, highlighted the risks new technology poses to children during a debate in Parliament.
She spoke about how gangs use social media to target vulnerable children and lure them into sharing personal information.
The MP said: “Abusers have always been able to identify vulnerable children, but social media and mobile phones now make it easy for them to make contact. Read on….