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Sarah Ludford writes: Labour are a wasted vote. Only the Lib Dems are fighting to keep Britain in Europe

May 1, 2014 4:13 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The European elections on 22nd May are the most important in decades. UKIP and Tory eurosceptics are attempting to drive our country out of the European Union regardless of the costs to British jobs, security and influence in the world.

Only the Liberal Democrats are standing up to these extremists by making clear that it is in our national interest to be in Europe, in work.

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The silence from the Labour Party is deafening. Their party political broadcast for the European elections does not mention Europe once. At their European elections launch today, Ed Miliband ignored the very campaign he was supposed to be launching and spent the whole time talking about domestic policy.

Why? Because Labour simply have nothing to offer voters in these elections. They are running scared of UKIP, too terrified to stand up for a tolerant, modern and fairer society, too scared to defend a Britain that is open, welcoming and diverse.

They are too afraid to speak up for a stronger economy, missing in action when they should be protecting the millions of British jobs that rely on our trade with the EU in the car industry, farming, aerospace, tourism, pharmaceuticals and small businesses.

Their record in the European Parliament shows that Labour haven't changed. Not content with creating the recession and failing to properly regulate the banks, Labour Euro MPs have consistently voted for more red tape and other anti-jobs policies.Only last month, they voted against measures that would exempt Britain's smallest businesses from the most burdensome aspects of EU red tape.

They have also voted against crucial new EU rules that will prevent another crisis in the Eurozone, our largest trading partner, which is crucial to our long term economic prospects.

Put simply, a vote for Labour in the European elections is a wasted vote. If you want a fairer society and a stronger economy with Britain leading in Europe there is only one choice in these elections - vote Liberal Democrats.