POLL: Should Britain leave the EU?

In my first poll of the year I ask, if the referendum was held tomorrow, whether Britain should remain in or leave the European Union. Have your say in the poll below:

Pros (Reasons for remaining in the EU):

  • Millions of jobs are created
  • Some of Britain’s biggest trading partners are in the EU
  • It’s easier to work and travel abroad
  • European Health Insurance Card gives free healthcare to Britons who visit other countries within the EU

Cons (Reasons for leaving the EU):

  • Britain will be able to fully control its borders
  • Save money from not paying the membership fee
  • Britain will be able to create many more of its own laws
  • The European Commission which proposes legislation is not elected

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Interview with Luciana Berger (Shadow Mental Health Minister)

I had the privilege of being able to interview Luciana Berger who is the MP for Liverpool Wavertree and is also the very first Shadow Minister for Mental Health. I was very interested to hear whether Luciana was proud to become the first ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health and how important this new role is.

  • How important is it that young people take an interest in politics?

“It is so important that young people take an interest in politics. Young people are the future and their voices must be heard. I’d urge all young people to make sure they are registered to vote.”

  • How did you first become involved in politics?

“The Labour Party is very concerned about young people and making sure this generation does better than the last. We have lots of policies around education and apprenticeships to support young people. You read more about them on the Labour Party website – http://www.younglabour.org.uk/ 

  • How can The Labour Party benefit young people?

“I first became in politics at university where I stood for election to be a representative for National Union of Students conference.”

  • Were you proud to become the first ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health, and how important is this new role?

“I am immensely proud to be the first Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health. We have got so much more to do to ensure equality for mental health and to tackle the stigma and discrimination which still exists.”

  • Do you have any funny stories from your time in politics?

“I am one of the younger MPs, and on a few occasions people have asked me when I arrive at a meeting: ‘when do we get to meet the MP?’.”

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UPDATE: Happy New Year

A big happy new year to all my followers!

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Apologies for not blogging as much recently, I have had lots of college work to complete but I should be back to posting interviews as normal very soon.

I am still very open to taking suggestions for political figures I should interview. Let me know via the ‘contact’ page on my blog or alternatively you can tweet me @johnreyno42 🙂

Next month I am going to be meeting and interviewing a Liverpool Labour MP so any question suggestions for that would be brilliant if you have any. Look out for the video which should be coming out next month!

As you may be aware, I have recently started blogging for the Huffington Post Young Voices. Here’s the link to my first article, I should have many more featuring on the site very soon: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/john-reynolds/young-people-in-politics_b_8760326.html

And finally, a tribute to one of my inspirations, David Bowie, who sadly passed away on Sunday.

David Bowie was someone who taught us all that it was okay to be different and not to follow the crowd. From Starman to Space Oddity, Life on Mars to Ziggy Stardust, I was gratified by his music and he will be very sadly missed.

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