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It would be fair to state that Labour , like other parties, contains members who hold opposing views on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Which as a traditional broad church, is only to be expected. For even back in the days when the EU was a mere “Common Market” passions were aroused that cut across traditional party boundaries.

Yet at the end of the day, Brexit is just one issue at the forthcoming General Election, whatever Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage might wish to believe. Voters will be looking at the entire gamut of what the different parties are offering the public. So we in the Labour Party will be emphasising the fact that we want to see an increase in the Minimum Wage (and ensuring those under 25 get the same rate for doing the same job), the railways and water industries taken back into public hands for the benefit of all,  extra investment in the NHS including free Dental check-ups, more apprenticeships for young workers – the list goes on. And the longer it gets, the more one realises the folly of any working class elector even considering voting for any other party than Labour.

The Tories are of course the same old Tories, described not so long ago by former Tory Prime Minister as being the Nasty Party. And they’ve got another old Etonian in charge who can hardly relate to what’s real life for the rest of us. Meanwhile the fact that Farage simply decided not to put up Brexit Party candidates against sitting Tory MPs shows where his loyalties lie. Remember of course his party is really a one-trick pony – can you recall anything else they stand for away from Brexit?

I’m long enough in the tooth to recall the February 1974 election, when Ted Heath used the slogan “Who Governs Britain” and the public came to the conclusion it  shouldn’t be him. Let’s repeat that scenario and vote Labour regardless of what you think about the EU.

Tim Mickleburgh

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