Vote Love not vote leave

As most of you know, I have been actively involved in student and local politics for over 20 years. This has often been challenging making difficult decisions between closely balanced arguments.

However, deciding to vote in the EU referendum has been the easiest political decision I have ever made and for those that have yet to decide, here’s why:

I want to live in a tolerant, inclusive society where people are judged by the gifts that they bring and the behaviour they display rather than being deliberately and hatefully divided based on their nationality, religion, colour or creed.

I want to live in a world where we have both a strong economy and a strong community both within the UK and elsewhere but where people work together to address deeply difficult issues that do not respect artificial borders such as environment, crime, famine and poverty recognising that no one person and no one country can address these issues alone. Where we break down barriers rather than building up walls. Where we lead the world rather than ignore the world.

I want to live in a country where our politics is passionately but respectfully argued recognising strongly held opinion from all voices are welcome but where deliberate lies and unintended inaccuracies are challenged, changed and apologised. Where we actively stir up hope rather than actively stirring up hate.

I want to vote for a future not for a past that can never be recovered. I want to vote for an economic reality and not an unfocused guess which even the most passionate supporter admits they don’t know the answer.

In the end, it was really easy. I wanted to vote Love and not vote Leave.

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