This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament. The site content is being kept online as a source of information, but all forms / email have been disabled.

2 November 2005

Barrett to meet constituents on day of trade justice lobby

John Barrett, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West and member of the House of Commons Select Committee for International Development, will today give his full support to the Trade Justice Lobby of Parliament.

During a special reception in Westminster, Mr Barrett will meet those who have travelled down from Scotland and will meet constituents who are queuing outside. He will also be handing over the many postcards he has received, supporting fair rules for world trade, to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy MP.

In a statement, John Barrett said:

“Today’s Trade Justice Lobby, is about helping developing countries to help themselves. To some countries, giving access to trade markets would be more beneficial than offering aid. Indeed, giving Africa, East Asia, South Asia and Latin America a chance to increase their share of the world’s exports by just 1% would lift 128 million people out of poverty.

“I remember the tremendous success of the Trade Justice lobby three years ago, however, despite the agreements reached at the G8 Summit many of the problems still remain.

“Rich countries like the US and those in the EU, whilst preaching the gospel of free trade, continue to practice protectionist trade restrictions which exclude products from poor countries. It is this hypocrisy and these double standards that have brought thousands of people to Parliament and their numbers speak volumes.

“Now is the time for the UK Government to use its presidency of the EU to push forward an agenda in the EU for free and fair trade to help tackle global poverty. With the next round of WTO talks approaching in Hong Kong, it is vital that we keep this issue on the political agenda."

Related items

Keywords:
international
international development
international aid
Africa
G8
house of commons
trade
European Union

Click on a keyword to find other pages with the same keyword.

This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament. The site content is being kept online as a source of information, but all forms / email have been disabled.