Today I emailed the new list MSPs for North-East Scotland urging them to campaign hard to keep Britain in the EU in the final weeks before the referendum.
The email read as follows:
“Dear Ross Thomson, Liam Kerr, Mike Rumbles, Alex Johnstone, Peter Chapman, Lewis Macdonald and Jenny Marra,
Congratulations on your recent election (or re-election) to the Scottish Parliament.
I am writing to you in regards to the upcoming referendum on our membership of the EU.
Remaining a member of the EU is very important to me and the country as a whole for a number of reasons including the following:
Around 3.5 million British jobs are currently linked to our membership of the EU and leaving the EU would put them at risk.
Membership of the EU gives me and other people my age the freedom to work and study abroad which I don’t want to lose.
The European Arrest Warrant speeds up the process of extraditing foreign criminals and keeps our streets safe.
British science benefits massively from EU research funds.
Due to the unfortunate timing of the referendum I appreciate that you may not have had time to campaign for a remain vote as you were probably working very hard for the Scottish Parliament elections. Now that they are over I hope that you will campaign hard to keep Britain’s place in the European Union as Britain should be a leading figure within the EU, not isolating ourselves from it.
I used the website www.writetothem.com to contact the local list MSPs and would recommend it to anyone wanting to raise an issue with their local representatives.