Dr Chris Jones
Promoted by Alan Pawsey on behalf of Chris Jones; both at St Mark's Church Hall, Hall Rd, Norwich, NR1 3HL
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Protocol, or TTIP, sounds fairly dry and boring but it's proposing major changes to the way our country and particularly our public services like the NHS are run.
Fundamentally it's a trade agreement being negotiatiated between the EU and the United States. We're a trading nation and things that are good for trade, and help to open up new markets, should be good for all of us, but "the devil is in the detail" and in this case there are some very devilish details indeed!
There are four main areas where the Labour Party has major concerns and is demanding that the Coalition don't agree to TTIP until they are resolved. They are:
There is a growing public campaign against these parts of TTIP, and we need to keep pressing the Government to resist US pressure, and to work with our partners in Europe to negotiate a better deal, or to repudiate it altogether. Fortunately it looks likely that the negotiations will continue beyond the May election so we have a chance to elect a Government that will protect our interests.