Apr 15th, 2015
Barnet candidates quizzed on TTIP and environment
By Cara Bevington
On Monday 13 April more than 70 people packed into a church hall in Finchley for the ‘Barnet TTIP and environment people powered question time’.
The event, jointly organised by Finchley and Golders Green 38 Degrees Local Group and Barnet Friends of the Earth, was described as the “liveliest so far” by one of the candidates.
Locals crammed into the room to hear Alasdair Hill (Liberal Democrat candidate for Hendon), Richard King (UKIP candidate for Finchley and Golders Green), A.M. Poppy (Green candidate for Chipping Barnet) and Sarah Sackman (Labour candidate for Finchley and Golders Green) debate many passionate questions on TTIP, fracking, renewable energy and other environment-related issues, over an ever-heated two hours. Conservative candidates from all 3 Barnet constituencies declined invitations to attend.
Local 38 Degrees members put forward a number of tough questions to the candidates on TTIP.
Sarah Sackman (Lab) and Alasdair Hill (Lib Dem) both said that they were in support of international trade treaties, including TTIP but held some reservations about the current deal. Sarah said that she was “deeply worried about the potential for corporations to sue governments” and would want to see that aspect removed from TTIP. Alasdair said he was “concerned about the threat to high EU standards on environmental and food regulations” and wants to see more transparency in the negotiations taking place.
A.M. Poppy (Greens) described TTIP “as a disaster in the making” and “a threat to our democracy”. Poppy reiterated the Green Party line that they are completely opposed to TTIP.
Richard King (UKIP) said that he was opposed to any deal negotiated by the EU but not opposed to a bilateral trade deal negotiated between the UK and the USA.
You can watch a video of the whole event and candidates responses to the questions here.
Want to get involved in future activities?
- This Saturday 18 April, as part of the global day of action on TTIP, people from across London are coming together for an exciting event ‘Democracy vs TTIP’ from 12midday at Shepherds Bush Common. More details and sign up here.
- Visit the 38 Degrees election hub to connect with other members and to find other events happening in your local area.