University of Teesside Journalism students quiz north east MEP in visit to European Parliament

08 November 2016

Today, University of Teesside students visited the European Parliament as part of their degree in Journalism. They had the opportunity to quiz North East Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling. No stone was left unturned, questions ranged from the role MEPs will play in the negotiations to leave the EU to who she supported in the Labour leadership contest.

The visit, organised by the European Parliament’s UK Office, will form part of the students’ coursework for their degrees.

Jude Kirton-Darling, said:

“It’s great to be able to welcome students from the region to the European Parliament to show them where and how we represent our constituents. There were some great questions about the EU Referendum, the negotiations to leave and the trade deals between the EU and Canada and the United States. I was very impressed by their knowledge on the topics and the probity of their questions.

“It’s especially important in this period, after the Referendum vote and before Article 50 is enacted, that we get our message out there that Paul Brannen and I are here to represent the North East. We will be fighting for the best deal possible for the North East in the negotiations to leave the EU. We will continue to talk with as many constituents as possible, both here in the Parliament and back in the North East to hear what their concerns and ideas are going forward.”

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