December TTIP update: Labour MEPs call on Clegg to remove public services and NHS from EU-US trade deal
Posted: Tuesday 23 Dec 2014
Through my newsletter I have been keeping readers updated with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Following on from my report to you on TTIP last month (which you can still read here). This December Labour MEPs have welcomed Nick Clegg's pledge never to endorse a EU-US trade deal if it is not "crystal clear that we are allowed to do what we want with our public services", and have also called on the government to follow through in publishing the text of its requested NHS exemption.
The deputy prime minister's announcement comes as David Cameron renewed his pledge to put 'rocket boosters' under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at an event organised by the CBI this month in Brussels.
Labour MEPs have been relaying the public's legitimate concerns about the NHS for months, and have strived to convince both the European Commission and the Coalition Government of the absolute necessity to remove all public services from TTIP.
Nick Clegg promises a blanket exemption for the NHS, he must now come forward with an actual text and not just talk about it if he wants us to believe him. It's up to him to fire rocket boosters under this proposal. If we don’t get a concrete change in the government stance then this is just more empty promises and hot air from Nick Clegg. We’ve learnt over the past four years that you just can’t trust Nick Clegg. I worry that he’s just made this pledge to distance himself from the Tories in the run-up to the General Election.
We must also remember that the NHS is being privatised under this Government with the full support of Nick Clegg. Over the past few years half a billion pounds of NHS contracts have been given to private firms. When Clegg says we should have the sovereign right to run the NHS as we wish perhaps what he means is to run it into the ground and sell it off.
It is clear the Tories would be happy to have the NHS included in TTIP, that while Clegg is moving in the right direction he cannot be trusted, it is only Labour that has definitively ruled out the inclusion of the NHS in TTIP and the repeal of the Health and Social Care Act.
As you will see in Labour Party news below, as promised I am doing more meetings and communications on TTIP and this month the two excellent well attended meetings in Ealing and Tottenham, which were very helpful in keeping the links between Labour MEPS, party members, NGOs and trade unions. If you would like me to speak on TTIP please contact my office.
Posted by: Admin on Tuesday 23 Dec 2014
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