No budget increase says Cambridgeshire Euro MP

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE Labour MEP Richard Howitt MEP voted to reject a five per cent EU budget increase proposed in the European Parliament.

The MEP joined with Labour Party colleagues on Wednesday (October 26) to back a halt to an EU Budget increase and called instead for funds from wasteful subsidies to agriculture to be redirected to boosting jobs and growth.

Mr Howitt said: “I have voted against these budget proposals because the call for a rise of over five per cent is simply too much.

“Our communities are suffering from devastating cuts, I am clear that people in Cambridgeshire expect me to help deliver a responsible EU budget which helps us locally to recover economically while slashing waste.”

Mr Howitt added: “What people locally are telling me is that they want to see a change, so that money is directed into activities that boost jobs and economic growth in Cambridgeshire. I’ve visited European-funded projects in Cambridgeshire and seen how local young people have used the cash to learn new skills and get back into jobs.

“European cash is being used in our region to help the development of transport and communications networks and for boosting jobs and skills but I believe it is possible to maintain this good work while at the same time freezing the overall budget.”