On Thursday 10th December there was the debate in the House of Commons about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). I have been campaigning against TTIP for a long time, and have been contacted by hundreds of constituents who share my concerns about this toxic trade agreement and the hugely negative impacts it could have on our country.
I made two interventions in the debate. My first intervention was about Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS). ISDS if implemented would allow companies to sue national governments in secret courts. This would result in the transferring of power away from people in favour of private companies and their profits. ISDS has prompted fears that business would hold too much power over legislators and is something which I am sure you will agree, that has absolutely no place within the UK and our legal system.
My second intervention focussed on my concerns about the United States not ratifying the International Labour Organisations' (ILO) Labour Standards and about the violations of fundamental labour rights in the United States, notably on its violations with the right to organise and negotiate collectively. Because of the United States' record on ILO, I called on the Government to demand the implementation of ILO labour standards within TTIP.
I hope that the Government now listen and respond to these concerns. I can assure you that I will follow this issue very closely and continue to campaign against TTIP.
You can watch my contributions to the debate here: