10:43AM, Wednesday 18 May 2016
Slough Labour kick-started its ‘Labour In for Britain’ EU referendum campaign at the Aspire Centre yesterday (Tuesday).
The campaign launch saw former Britwell Estate resident turned politician Alan Johnson give a passionate speech urging residents to vote in favour of Britain remaining in the EU in the upcoming referendum.
Mr Johnson, now an MP for West Hull and Hessle, has been tasked with leading the party’s campaign and he told the audience that remaining in the EU would help protect British workers and businesses.
He said: “I voted to remain in the European Economic Community back in 1975.
“As a 25-year-old postman bringing up three kids on the Britwell Estate I had to decide what was best for the future.
“I’ve never regretted it for a second.”
The former Home Secretary, who was celebrating his 66th birthday, also spoke of the importance of the EU’s single market for helping businesses in Slough continue to thrive.
On the question of Britain’s security, he also said that any potential Brexit could make it more difficult to manage the flow of migrants trying to enter the country from Calais.
British border forces are currently stationed at the French port as part of a bilateral treaty which allows them to carry out passport checks on the other side of the Channel.
Mr Johnson, who lived in Slough for 19 years and worked as a postman in the town, finished his speech by echoing the recently aired thoughts of an Italian journalist.
“For Britain to be alone amongst its enemies in the 1940s was heroic. For Britain to be alone amongst friends in 2016 would be absurd,” he added.
Anneliese Dodds, MEP for the South East, also spoke at the event and praised Slough’s ‘united Labour party’ for its work in attracting funding from the EU to support projects in the town.