South West MEP to join panel discussion on controversial TTIP trade deal

South West Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, will join a panel discussion on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) EU-US trade deal in Bristol on Saturday. The question time style event will also include MPs, a TUC representative and Executive Director of campaign organisation, Positive Money [1].

The event will explore crucial questions around how TTIP would affect employment, public services like the NHS, food, energy, environmental regulations and democracy. Molly Scott Cato said:

“Greens have been at the forefront of action against TTIP in the European Parliament [2]. A few weeks ago I took to the streets in Bristol with hundreds of others to protest against this dodgy trade deal. Having received over 5000 messages, I know how worried many of my constituents are about TTIP [3]. I believe we have to stop this juggernaut. It not only threatens hard-fought-for standards on the quality and safety of our food and environment but will also open the doors to privatisation of public services and erode workers’ rights. Perhaps most worryingly, it would allow businesses to sue governments when they tried to put people or the environment ahead of profits.”

The Green Party will have a stall at the event with opportunities to meet prospective parliamentary candidates Darren Hall, standing in Bristol West and Tony Dyer, standing in Bristol South. Bristol Green Party Councillors and members will also be attending.


[1] This is a free event taking place on Saturday 8th November, at the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ. Doors open at 3pm, with stalls, videos and discussions leading up to the main event, the panel discussion, from 4:15pm to 5:45pm. The panel will feature:

  •  Stephen Williams MP (Liberal Democrat Junior Minister)

  •  Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)

  •  Charlotte Leslie MP (Conservative)

  •  Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour)

  •  Fran Boait (Executive Director Positive Money)

  •  Nigel Costley (TUC South-West)

The event will be chaired by David Powell (Economics & Resources, Friends of the Earth). For more details and ticket reservations see: Questions can be emailed in advance to:

Twitter hashtag: #BrisTTIP

[2] A blog set up by the Greens in Europe with extensive information and opinion pieces about the TTIP deal and its implications.

[3] Letter in response to constituents: