North East Labour MEPs Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen voted against a number of measures which would have seen the overall EU budget increase. They voted to focus the EU budget more heavily upon investment for growth and jobs and against proposed rises for agricultural subsidies and administration.
The North East receives significant amounts of EU funding which helps create jobs and growth. There are examples from across the whole region of projects which have benefited from funding and in many cases the projects wouldn’t have gone ahead without EU funds.
Jude Kirton-Darling Labour MEP said:
"We voted today for the EU to do more of what it is good at, working collectively to deliver real benefits to the people of the North East.
"We voted for investment for growth, for projects like the Hartlepool Growth Hub, the Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, the Consett Business Park, the Vaux site redevelopment in Sunderland, The Core Building at Science Central in Newcastle, and the Northumberland Rural Growth Network. The North East benefits from funding that wouldn't have happened without the EU. We voted for regional funding that goes directly to communities like Hartlepool that are best able to determine how to deliver for people locally.
"These projects show that the EU makes a real difference and I'm proud that Labour MEPs have stood up for our constituents in these areas."
Paul Brannen MEP added:
"The other UK parties in the European Parliament have no strategy to deliver an EU budget that benefits the UK, they have failed to deliver reform or cut areas such as the common agricultural policy.
"Labour MEPs want to see real budget reform in the EU we want to see an end to wasteful agricultural subsidies and the monthly trip to Strasbourg that the Tories signed us up to also needs to be abolished. It is important that added value is placed at the centre of EU budget decision making, we want to see areas that do not bring real benefits to our constituents cut.
"EU investment in our regions, our businesses and in our universities is delivering for communities throughout the North East. More needs to be done to ensure we make the absolute most of the many opportunities EU membership brings us."