Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding the TTIP & Food:
Thank you for your recent email regarding your concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), in particular in relation to food.
Good trade deals can create jobs, improve wages and deliver a better deal for both consumers and workers. Any trade deal which does not raise employment, consumer, environmental and safety standards must be rejected. With specific regard to food safety and regulation I believe there is a strong case for more, not less, regulation. The recent scandals over meat and other labelling clearly demonstrate a tougher approach is needed.
As you may know it is my firm view that our National Health Service must not be included in any deal, and I therefore welcome the commitment of Andy Burnham MP that a future Labour will specifically exempt the NHS from TTIP.
I am afraid I do not agree with you that the UK should walk away from TTIP negotiations, if we are not part of the discussion then the genuine concerns of very many British people will simply not be heard. If, at the end of the negotiating process, the proposals are not acceptable then the UK should not sign.
Thank you once again for writing to me and sharing your views. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if you have any further concerns regarding this or any other matter..