25th May 2016

Stirling SNP To Launch Local Campaign For EU Remain Vote

This Saturday, City of Stirling SNP branch will launch their campaign for a vote to Remain in the European Union.

The launch comes after the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood and Green MP Caroline Lucas in London to make the positive case for a vote to Remain in the EU on Monday.

A recent YouGov poll suggested that Stirling is one of the most pro-EU areas in the UK.

To coincide with the launch, the City of Stirling SNP branch will release a leaflet titled Stirling IN Europe: Making the positive case to Remain in the European Union. The leaflet will focus on how our EU membership benefits Scotland as well as Stirling, giving a brief breakdown of local projects that have benefited from EU funding.

Projects like the Sporting Chance Initiative at Stirling University, the IT and E-commerce Business Strategy Programme at Stirling Enterprise Park, and the Engine Shed conservation project have all received EU funding.

Rural Stirling communities also benefit from a range of support mechanisms from the European Union such as the Common Agricultural Policy which invests around £630 million a year into the Scottish farming industry.

Commenting ahead of the launch, a Stirling SNP spokesperson said:

Vote to remain IN EU“Whilst early indications tell us that there is overwhelming support throughout the Stirling area to stay in the European Union, it is vital that we make the positive case to ensure that those who support it, vote for it.

“Very quickly into the EU Referendum campaign, the tone took a sour turn and we are in the unfortunate position now of focussing on personalities from both sides of the debate, rather than the core arguments that will help people make this very important decision in less than a month’s time. 

“The European Union is not perfect and serious reform is required, but we are making the positive case that highlights how Scotland and Scotland’s communities benefit from our EU membership. 

“At the heart of our campaign in Stirling, we will be looking at local projects that the EU has invested in; highlighting how the EU has helped change the face of the area and has supported industries, such as farming, across our rural areas too.

“By sticking to the facts and making the positive case, we hope that people will vote Remain for Scotland to stay in the European Union on June 23rd.”