03:47PM, Wednesday 25 May 2016
The team for the Vote Leave campaign in Slough officially launched its campaign with a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Saturday.
Rt Hon Lord David Owen, one of the founders of the Social Democrat Party (SDP), spoke to the team who will be putting out the argument to vote to leave the European Union (EU) ahead of the referendum on June 23.
Lord Owen, who spoke for nearly two hours at the event held in Cippenham Community Centre in Earls Lane, told the audience ‘not to be scared of change and a chance of rejuvenation’.
About 50 people attended and were able to raise their own concerns about remaining in the EU. One member of the audience stated: “I want my democracy back, I want my Queen back, I want my country back.”
Lord Owen said when setting up the SDP in 1981 the party was pro-European, but concerns over the Eurozone and the federal abilities to support the single currency are what made him change his stance.
He added: “We are all split as to which way to vote. You may be split in your family, and we must be tolerant of this and must understand it is a really important part of democracy.
“If it is so dreadful to leave the EU, why are we being given the choice?”
The Slough Labour remain campaign was launched on Tuesday, May 17, with former Britwell resident and MP for Hull West and Hessle Alan Johnson heading the campaign launch at the Aspire Centre.