Home Secretary Theresa May visits Gloucester as part of 'In'…

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“Leaving the EU would hurt people in Gloucester for years to come.”That is the message from Home Secretary Theresa May as she visited the city to give a largely positive message for the ‘In’ campaign ahead of the impending EU referendum.

The MP for Maidenhead met a gathering of Conservatives and city figures on both sides of the debate at a breakfast held at the New Inn in Northgate Street.

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As well as giving a speech about the benefits of remaining in the European Union, Mrs May also answered questions from the audience.

Speaking to the Citizen after the event the former Eurosceptic denied UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s claim, who visited Gloucester in November, that wages would stay low in the city if we stayed.

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“If you look at what the experts are saying jobs would likely be lost and actually have the opposite effect on wages,” she said.

“Leaving the EU would be a shock to the economy and would hurt people here in Gloucester over the coming years.

“Leaving the EU would be a shock to the economy and would hurt people here in Gloucester over the coming years.

She said staying in the union made her job easier to make the country secure and addressed immigration concerns.

“Overall immigration does provide a benefit but people want to see more control,” she said.

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“We have an agreement to change some of the decisions in the European Court of Justice so it is easier to deport foreign criminals and keep them from coming from Europe.

“There’s no single thing we can do to change the immigration problem. Leaving Europe is not the answer.”

Theresa May is considered one of the leading choices for next Prime Minister when David Cameron steps down before the next General Election, which is what he intends.

Critics claim Mrs May’s pro-Europe stance is to advance her personal career rather than based on her political beliefs.

But Mrs May said not only should the country remain in the union, but should play a more leading role.

“For too long it has been too easy for politicans to blame Europe”

“For too long it has been too easy for politicans to blame Europe,” she said.

“We have adopted the crouching position in the past in Europe. We need to stand up, stand tall and lead in Europe.

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“This is a vote for the future. The securing of the economy, trade and the future of young peoples is an excellent reason for why we should stay in.”

Gloucester MP who invited May along described the Home Secretary as one of the “busiest people” he knew and was delighted with the message she gave.

“I am pleased she came because she has had a lot of invites but hasn’t been able to go to as many as she would like because of her responsibilities,” he said.

“I think part of the reason was because we are in the forefront of security if the country which she is responsible for. A lot of constituents work at GCHQ or at the Imjin barracks or for the MOD in Bristol.

“The out campaign lost the battle of the economy, trade and jobs so their campaign has been entirely based on immigration and unnecessary scare mongering.”

“The out campaign lost the battle of the economy, trade and jobs so their campaign has been entirely based on immigration and unnecessary scare mongering.

“There will be some relationships within the Conservative party that will be damaged if they lose but we have a job to do, a mandate to run the country by and I am looking forward to getting on with that when this referendum is over.”

The nationwide referendum takes place on Thursday, June 23.

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