Referendum: Lord Kinnock visits Morecambe to talk on EU

Lord Kinnock presents a merit award for long and distinguished service to the Labour Party to Dilys Greenhalgh, of Heysham at a social evening at the Headway Hotel, Morecambe with Coun David Smith (left) and former MP and ex-Lancaster City Council leader Stanley Henig (right).
Lord Kinnock presents a merit award for long and distinguished service to the Labour Party to Dilys Greenhalgh, of Heysham at a social evening at the Headway Hotel, Morecambe with Coun David Smith (left) and former MP and ex-Lancaster City Council leader Stanley Henig (right).

Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has been in town to talk about the European Union.

Lord Kinnock spoke at a social evening at the Headway Hotel, Morecambe, on Thursday (June 2), organised by local Labour Party members in support of the European Referendum Remain Campaign.

He said the strength and quality of Britain’s future depended on a vote to remain in the EU in the referendum on June 23.

Lord Kinnock, 74, was a Welsh MP for 25 years and Leader of the Opposition before becoming a European Commissioner. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005.

“I believe that, in order to secure economic stability and be able to obtain real sovereignty, we have to vote to remain,” he said.

“Sovereignty must be collective to be effective.”

Coun David Smith said Lord Kinnock, who is celebrating 60 years’ membership of the Labour Party, had not been fully recognised for the tremendous job he did as party leader.

Former Lancaster MP Stanley Henig recalled that when he was leader of Lancaster City Council he lobbied Lord Kinnock as European Commissioner on the great need for a Heysham-M6 link road.