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Leading opposition MPs have today vowed to amend the Trade Bill when it is given a second reading, at the launch of a 'trade democracy' campaign in parliament.

Campaign group Global Justice Now has warned there are just months to stop ‘TTIP on steroids’ as the latest round of trade talks between the United States and United Kingdom governments begins in London. 

Since her appointment last year, we have repeatedly warned that Priti Patel was unfit to manage the country’s aid programme. She didn’t appear to understand the purpose of aid or even believe in her department’s mission.

The Trade Bill has been tabled in parliament the morning after its consultation deadline, ignoring 60,000 objections made to the lack of a clear role for MPs in scrutinising trade deals after Brexit.

Campaign groups Global Justice Now and STOPAIDS have welcomed a statement by NHS England to the BBC’s 5 Live Investigates this morning that “further regulatory action may be needed” on drug pricing at a time when NHS funding is under severe pressure.

Treatments for cancer, arthritis and multiple sclerosis (MS) are among drugs costing the cash-strapped NHS over a billion pounds a year – despite public funding playing a substantial role in the medicines’ development.

Responding to reports that Donald Trump will make a 'working visit' to the UK in the New Year, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said:

“If the Trump visit is back on, so is the mass opposition to it. Theresa May may be hoping that the heat has died down, but she must prepare to be disappointed. Every day that Trump remains President, the opposition to his politics of hate and prejudice is only getting stronger. Whether the location of this ‘working visit’ is the heart of Downing Street or a golf resort in Scotland, we will be there.

The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

Responding to the news from the Labour Party Conference that Labour will push for Parliament to have the deciding say on any international trade deal, Jean Blaylock, a trade campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

Responding to the news that UK banks are to check 70 million bank accounts as part of Theresa May's attempts to create a 'hostile environment' towards migrants, Aisha Dodwell, a migration campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

A new report, published by influential campaign group Another Europe is Possible, has been released today. Brexit and immigration: prioritising the rights of all workers can be viewed here.

CETA is a corporate dominated deal, the purpose of which is to reduce regulation on business. It is likely to lead to a race to the bottom in standards on food safety, environmental regulations and workers’ rights, and it will lock in the privatisation of public services.
 

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