Statement on the EU referendum result

I am very disappointed about the result of the referendum, but the people have voted to leave and I respect that. Anecdotally, from the straw poll that people did at the count, many wards in Southsea indicated that they would prefer to stay in. However, the vote has been counted as a single total across the two Portsmouth constituencies and it shows a clear decision for leaving the EU.

Portsmouth Students visit House of Commons

Five students from Portsmouth schools visited the House of Commons this week and were hosted on a tour of the building by Flick Drummond, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South.

Speech in Parliament - The Benefits of EU Membership

Yesterday in Parliament I spoke in a debate on the benefits of EU membership. I emphasised the importance of our EU membership for businesses and the university in Portsmouth. We trade with Europe, we have major employers with European connections which depend on free movement of people, goods and services.The only way to guarantee access on the kind of terms we enjoy now is by remaining in the single market, and the only way to guarantee that is by remaining in the EU.

Facts about the EU Referendum

As the referendum is drawing near, I do hope you have not got “referendum fatigue” with all the debate and argument about what happens after June 23rd. I am firmly in the Remain camp, and have some facts on the EU and our relations with it which are in danger of getting lost in the row.