By Tom Barker

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has strongly backed Britain’s continued membership of the European Union, saying that it provides jobs, investment and social protections for the North East.

Speaking at Labour North’s annual conference, which had Tom Watson, Labour’s Deputy Leader, and Angela Eagle, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in attendance, Corbyn confirmed his commitment to campaigning to keep Britain in Europe.

He said: “We will be campaigning to keep Britain in Europe in the coming referendum because it brings investment, jobs and protection for British workers and consumers.

“The North East is the only part of Britain that still has a trade surplus and over half your region’s exports go to Europe. The good jobs and quality apprenticeships here in the North East make the case for staying in Europe.”

Corbyn’s commitment was echoed on Twitter by Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, and Pat Glass, the MP for North West Durham, who is also the Shadow Minister for Europe.

Tom Barker is a student at Durham University. He tweets @tombarker1.