The Labour MP and MSP reaffirmed their opposition to the controversial trade deal after Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy became the first party leader to sign the People’s NHS pledge.
Trade Unions, politicians and health campaigners have been warning that the TTIP trade deal could risk American style privatisation of the NHS and as the UK’s most important institution Mary and Jim would like to see the NHS protected.
UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy MP have both called on the NHS to be protected from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Ed Miliband has promised that a Labour Government elected in May will use a veto to block the NHS inclusion to TTIP.
Mary is also urging voters to support Labour’s ‘Time to Care Fund’ at the General Election by electing a Labour Government that will introduce a Mansion Tax, Tobacco Tax on tobacco companies and by closing down tax avoidance loopholes. The estimated revenue from the ‘Time to Care Fund’ will reach £2.5billion with around £250million being passed to the Scottish Government budget through the pooling and sharing of resources across the UK.
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has already pledged an extra 1,000 nurses using proceeds of the Mansion Tax, and Mary warns that this can only happen under a Labour Government.
Mary Fee MSP said:
“The NHS is far too important to the daily lives of people here in Renfrewshire and across the UK to be put at risk under this trade deal. We are calling on David Cameron to protect the NHS.
Only one party will put the NHS at the top of the agenda and that is Labour. Our mansion tax, raised on properties over £2 million across the UK, will bring great dividends to people here in Scotland and Jim Murphy has pledged 1,000 extra nurses from the revenue generated. Pledges such as the mansion tax, closing tax avoidance loopholes and a tax on the tobacco companies will only be delivered under a Labour Government elected in May.”
Commenting on the TTIP deal, Jim Sheridan said:
“Along with many of my Parliamentary colleagues I have called on David Cameron and the Coalition to ensure that our vital public services including the NHS are protected. Any positives of the TTIP trade deal are greatly overshadowed by power it affords companies and the risks it poses to our public services.”