Trade deals: realistic concerns or rabble-rousing?

Saturday 28th February 2015
Judith Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour Member of the European Parliament for NE England
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A number of international trade deals currently generate public concern. What is the truth about them? What exactly are the down sides, and what could the possible benefits be? Over one million people have signed a petition against TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), a deal for which there isn’t even a draft text. Are social media and the 24 hour news cycle behind an ill-considered response? Jude will consider whether the EU’s trade policy is capable of regulating globalisation, promoting sustainable development and addressing the new world order.

Judith Kirton-Darling grew up in Middlesbrough. She studied history and politics at Sheffield University and has Masters degrees from the Universities of Bath and Pavia. She began her political career as a programme assistant with the Quaker Council for European Affairs and remains in Membership of the Society of Friends. With nearly 15 years of experience working within the Labour and trade union movements directing European trade union work in the areas of energy, industrial policy, environment and health and safety, Judith was elected Confederal Secretary at the European Trade Union Congress in 2011. In the European elections in 2014 she became the Labour MEP for the North East. In the European Parliament, she is a member of the International Trade Committee and is the European Labour Party’s spokesperson on TTIP.