Group Brussels bound in bid to stop trade deal

The residents from north east Fife who are heading to Brussels, from left - Ellen Fox, Sandra Lowe, Bill Davidson, Willie McGregor, Carol McGregor, Sandra Macdonald, Jean Kemp and Graham Kemp.
The residents from north east Fife who are heading to Brussels, from left - Ellen Fox, Sandra Lowe, Bill Davidson, Willie McGregor, Carol McGregor, Sandra Macdonald, Jean Kemp and Graham Kemp.
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A group of north east Fife residents is to fly out to Brussels early next month to lobby the European Commission over a controversial trade partnership.

Locals have joined thousands of people across Europe and America concerned about the implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, on everything from health to agriculture.

Campaigners from the People’s NHS group gathered in Cupar’s Haugh Park last Friday before handing in a petition at the office of Lib Dem MSP Willie Rennie.

They want Prime Minister David Cameron to veto the NHS from the trade partnership. They also want Mr Rennie - the Scottish Lib Dem leader - to support their case, with more than 1000 constituents signing the petition.

Kevin Egan, a People’s NHS spokesperson, said: “Westminster is selling off the NHS in England and they are putting the NHS in Scotland at risk of irreversible privatisation because of TTIP.

“The people of Scotland demand Cameron uses his veto to protect the NHS. The SNP, Scottish Greens and Scottish Labour all back the People’s NHS campaign - why are the Tories and the Lib Dems not listening to the people of Scotland? ”

Mr Rennie said this week: “I am fully aware of the concerns around TTIP, have met representatives of the campaign on three occasions and have made a number of inquiries with the UK Government on the matter.

“It is also a matter that the European Parliament is investigating to ensure it does not adversely affect the National Health Service. I will continue to seek a resolution.”