Morpeth’s MP has made his position clear in regard to the upcoming EU referendum.
He will be voting and campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union on June 23.
Mr Lavery, MP for the Wansbeck constituency, said: “If leaving the EU would improve the lives of families and working people, I would campaign to leave.
“If it would bring jobs, growth and security, I would leave. But the hard won rights to paid holiday, maternity leave and equal pay would be at risk if we left.
“Investment would leave the North East and this could devastate communities on a scale we haven’t seen since the Thatcher era.
“To vote remain on June 23 does not mean a full endorsement of the European project. I vote remain with healthy scepticism.
“No-one denies that the EU is in need of fundamental change. It needs to become more democratic and transparent.
“Europe must bring workers and communities across the continent together to improve lives rather than being a club for big business.
“However, due to the very real damage that leaving the EU would do to Wansbeck and the North East as a whole, I will vote to remain.
“Working people would bear the brunt of the costs of leaving Europe, and they should not suffer due to a Tory leadership contest.”