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I am an East Riding of Yorkshire and Bridlington Town Councillor elected to represent Bridlington South Ward. The views and posts on this site are my personal views and are not those of East Riding of Yorkshire Council or Bridlington Town Council. If you become a member of this Blog I will expect you to adhere to posting comments that are not offensive or illegal.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) - good or bad for the UK

Brief introduction to the TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP; also known as the Transatlantic Free Trade Area, abbreviated as TAFTA) is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. Proponents say the agreement would result in multilateral economic growth,[2] while critics say it would increase corporate power and make it more difficult for governments to regulate markets for public benefit.[3] The U.S. government considers the TTIP a companion agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.[4] After a proposed draft was leaked, in March 2014 the European Commission launched a public consultation on a limited set of clauses.

The leaked text of the proposed treaty sets out limitations on the laws that any government can pass to regulate or publicly run various economic sectors, particularly insurance and banking,[5] telecommunications, and postal services.[6] Any corporation which is "expropriated" from its existing investments becomes entitled to market value compensation, plus compound interest.[7] It would allow free movement of workers among all signatory countries.[8] It is proposed to allow corporations to bring actions against governments for breach of its rights.[9]

A previous proposed treaty was Multilateral Agreement on Investment. The TTIP free trade agreement could be finalised by the end 2014

Further information can be found by following this link:

War on Want A Charter of Deregulation, an Attack on jobs and an end to Democracy

Booklet by John Hillary here:

Youtube videos:

A few radio interviews:

A “handy fact sheet” prepared by The European Consumer Association:

UNISON Briefing:

A Government Briefing

So – a good thing or a bad thing – make your mind up time....

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Right to Record Council Meetings - At Last

In October last year I seconded the following motions at  East Riding of Yorkshire Council Full Council:
9 October 2013


That, in the interest of transparency and democracy, this Authority agrees to install and maintain equipment to officially record video, with sound, at all parts of Council and Committee meetings that are open to public attendance.  Further, that all such official recordings are easily accessible on the Authority’s website

9 October 2013


That, in the interest of transparency and democracy, this Authority agrees to allow personal electronic devices ie mobile phones, recording equipment, pagers, cameras or similar devices to be switched on and used at all Council and Committee meetings.

Both motions were defeated in Full Council by the Ruling Conservative Group.

At last we as a Council have been forced to allow transparency to enter our chambers. From today members of the public can record all meetings at East Riding of Yorkshire Council that are open to the public without fear of being removed from that meeting for doing so. My hope is that the Council will again look into the move to the 21st Century and record meetings and make them freely available to the public who are unable to attend meetings for a variety of reasons but pay for them.

This is what I blogged in October 2013:


LOCAL GOVERNMENT Secretary Eric Pickles has signed an order giving anyone the right to record council meetings.

The move will stop any council trying to prevent filming on grounds such as health and safety.

Mr Pickles, a former leader of Bradford Council, said: “Half a century ago, Margaret Thatcher championed a new law to allow the press to make written reports of council meetings.

“We have updated her analogue law for a digital age.”

He added: “Local democracy needs local journalists and bloggers to report and scrutinise the work of their council, and increasingly, people read their news via digital media.

“There is now no excuse for any council not to allow these new rights.

“Parliament has changed the law, to allow a robust and healthy local democracy.”