TTIP free zone

TTIP, the EU-US trade deal, could be the biggest threat to democracy of our generation. This is true both at national level, where government policy like increasing the minimum wage or freezing energy prices could be challenged in secret corporate tribunals, and at local level, where councils could be forced to favour big American corporations over local, sustainable businesses in their procurement. Councils could also be challenged for doing things like denying planning permission for fracking in their local area.

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TTIP Free Zone: Today Barcelona, tomorrow the world!


28 April 2016

There seems to be a regular characteristic amongst councillors, wherever they're from. They appear to think their home town, city or island is the most special place, that it's circumstances are unique and that everyone else will be fascinated to hear the story.

In the last two weeks four local councils in Scotland have passed motions opposing the controversial trade deal between the EU and the USA known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Model TTIP motion for local authorities

July 2015

TTIP, the EU-US trade deal, could be the biggest threat to democracy of our generation. This is true both at national level, where government policy like increasing the minimum wage or freezing energy prices could be challenged in secret corporate tribunals, and at local level, where councils could be forced to favour big American corporations over local, sustainable businesses in their procurement. Councils could also be challenged for doing things like denying planning permission for fracking in their local area.

Edinburgh takes stand against TTIP's corporate takeover


26 June 2015

I’m delighted that Edinburgh Council has today unanimously approved my motion to highlight the threat to local services from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Protocol, or TTIP for short.

This morning Edinburgh council unanimously passed a motion to express concern about the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on local services, jobs, suppliers and democracy. The decision came shortly after Lewisham council unanimously passed a similar motion yesterday evening. 

Why local authorities should join the fight against TTIP

When I found myself as one of six Green councillors on Oxford’s City Council, it was obvious to me that I have to do something to draw attention to this dangerous and still relatively little-known trade deal, and to try and get the council to take a stand against it.

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TTIP Free Zone: Today Barcelona, tomorrow the world!


28 April 2016

There seems to be a regular characteristic amongst councillors, wherever they're from. They appear to think their home town, city or island is the most special place, that it's circumstances are unique and that everyone else will be fascinated to hear the story.

Edinburgh takes stand against TTIP's corporate takeover


26 June 2015

I’m delighted that Edinburgh Council has today unanimously approved my motion to highlight the threat to local services from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Protocol, or TTIP for short.

Why local authorities should join the fight against TTIP

When I found myself as one of six Green councillors on Oxford’s City Council, it was obvious to me that I have to do something to draw attention to this dangerous and still relatively little-known trade deal, and to try and get the council to take a stand against it.

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Model TTIP motion for local authorities

July 2015

TTIP, the EU-US trade deal, could be the biggest threat to democracy of our generation. This is true both at national level, where government policy like increasing the minimum wage or freezing energy prices could be challenged in secret corporate tribunals, and at local level, where councils could be forced to favour big American corporations over local, sustainable businesses in their procurement. Councils could also be challenged for doing things like denying planning permission for fracking in their local area.

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In the last two weeks four local councils in Scotland have passed motions opposing the controversial trade deal between the EU and the USA known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

This morning Edinburgh council unanimously passed a motion to express concern about the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on local services, jobs, suppliers and democracy. The decision came shortly after Lewisham council unanimously passed a similar motion yesterday evening.