I'LL FIGHT UNFAIR EU TRADE DEALS: GREEN PARTY MEP CANDIDATE VOW [Media release]
Norwich Councillor Rupert Read, prospective Green Party MEP for Eastern Region, has today pledged that, if elected to the EU Parliament next summer, he will support War On Want's 'Rough Trade' campaign to stop the European Union exploiting developing countries around the world. War On Want is fighting to end the EU's unfair and aggressive trade tactics that help perpetuate poverty for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Rupert Read strongly supports the Fair Trade movement and this Saturday is attending the Eye Green Fair which includes the sale of many Fair Trade products. The Fair takes place in Eye Town Hall on Saturday 8th November: http://www.greenfai
rs.org.uk/ [Cllr. Read will be there from 10 a.m. til about 3 p.m.]
Cllr. Read will also be speaking from the floor in favour of Fair Trade at a debate this Friday 7th November at the UEA in Norwich. UEA Conservatives are holding a debate titled 'Free Trade Vs Fair Trade, which will solve poverty in the third world?' This will be held in the Union House from 5.30 pm. Speaking from the platform against Fair Trade and for 'Free Trade' is Sir Teddy Taylor (former Conservative MP for Southend). Speaking for Fair Trade is Stephen Roberson (Fair Trade retailer, wholesaler, importer).
Councillor Read said:
"With developing countries refusing to sign up to the World Trade Organisation'
s neo-liberal agenda that would see their future unfairly sold off for the profit of European businesses, the EU is now bypassing multilateral trade talks and instead is bullying poor countries and regions into trading with it directly.
"The EU wants to open up new markets and services in the developing world with a privatisation agenda on poorer countries' public services, which would see money pouring out of these countries - money that could be better used by the developing countries for national healthcare, clean water provision or education.
"Green councillors in Eastern Region and up and down the country are committed to keeping public services out of the hands of private companies.
"If elected next June as a Green Party MEP for the East, I will continue to fight against unfair EU trade deals that threaten public services, and continue to support Fair Trade".