The European elections are just three months away and this time it really matters.
If UKIP comes top, as many are predicting, the message sent to businesses and investors would be that Britain wants out of the EU. That would be a disaster, not just for the country as a whole, but right here in Lincolnshire.
National and international companies with local involvement, such as Siemens and BAE Systems, are keen for us to stay in.
Agriculture has always featured as a major part of the EU and our involvement and participation in decisions taken in Brussels and Strasbourg are vital for our farmers and the associated vegetable packers and distributors.
Our car manufacturers are making more cars than ever before and the Automotive Council say that ‘the UK’s active membership of the EU is an essential factor in the industries current and future success.
The UK Manufacturers Organisation say that the UK’s economic wellbeing is heavily linked to our membership.
The CBI, have real reservations about pulling out of full membership and relying on trading links alone. They urge close examination of the small print!
But with the Conservatives openly flirting with exit and Labour running scared of a debate, only the Liberal Democrats are prepared to take on UKIP and keep Britain in Europe.
Those of us with the opportunity to vote for Bill Newton Dunn, MEP, should grasp the opportunity to vote for a senior, long standing member of the European Parliament who has fought successfully for this area for many years.
To lose his representation and influence would be a tragedy for this part of the East Midlands.
Use May’s elections to say you are in. In for the sake of British jobs, British business and British influence in the world.