At Todmorden Market on Saturday, October 18, members of Global Justice Calderdale asked Craig Whittaker MP about the government’s stance on the new EU-US trade agreement: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
When John Lockhart pointed to the lack of public awareness of TTIP he was told that during negotiations - when the outcome is not known - an information vacuum is inevitable.
Despite the fact that these negotiations will deeply affect all our lives, Craig Whittaker expressed no concern at the lack of involvement of MPs in the negotiations which are being conducted at multi-national corporate level.
Asked about Government stance on potential impact on public services and democratic accountability, Craig Whittaker said ministers were very aware of the need to ensure that services such as the NHS would not be adversely affected.
He said the fact that Tony McGovern had already had knee surgery at a private hospital paid for by the NHS meant that the NHS was giving priority to patients’ need by not making him wait months; TIPP would endorse and expand this approach.
Susan Quick handed Mr Whittaker a letter detailing points raised by Global Justice Now! the national organisation to which Global Justice Calderdale is affiliated.
He said he would pass it on to Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
He said that he was committed not only to free trade but also to the free movement of labour within the EU.
Hon Treasurer Calderdale World Development Movement (renamed Global Justice Calderdale)