Alan Johnson to lead Labour Yes campaign for EU referendum

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Former home secretary, Alan Johnson, is set to lead Labour’s campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union.

According to Guardian, he will take up this role and many people see him as able to “carry a Labour pro-European message".

About his new role Labour List have reported that Mr Johnson said that:

“The EU referendum will be the most profound political decision of my lifetime in terms of its effect on our national prosperity and Britain’s position in the world. There is no such thing as a perfect institution but Britain must use its considerable influence to effect change, not lurk in the departure lounge.”

This all means that Alan Johnson will become a much more central public figure in the coming years, especially as the campaign intensifies. Mr Johnson appears to be a likeable and down to earth person. He also has had experience in the “real world” something which could help voters warm to him and others at least listen to what he has to say.

In regards to this, if he does perform well in the referendum debate, many in Labour might wonder why this man did not stand for Labour leadership.

Furthermore, Labour’s decision to have a separate Yes to Europe campaign from other pro-EU parties suggests that the party is trying to combat a similar situation in Scotland where many supporters were annoyed that Labour shared a stage with Conservatives to keep the UK together.

The campaigns have yet to properly start, but the groundwork is already being laid out. Recent polls have put the ‘yes’ side ahead, but with so many voters still undecided there is still a lot to play for.

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