Unfortunately the vote which was to be held on 10 June on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been postponed. As Labour MEPs we have spoken out against the postponement.
My colleague Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on TTIP, said: "We are deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone tomorrow's vote on TTIP. MEPs have been denied the chance to vote for our amendments and the European Parliament will have to wait to put its position on the record.
"Labour MEPs oppose the inclusion of ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) in TTIP, have demanded security for our NHS and public services, and the maintenance of high labour standards and environmental protections.
"We will continue to push for these, and will work for the best possible trade deal, one that has the potential to boost our economy and bring jobs to Britain."
David Martin MEP, Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group spokesperson on TTIP, has added:
"We wanted a vote tomorrow to make our position on this trade deal clear. It's hugely disappointing we can't now do so, but we will continue to campaign for an EU-US trade deal that is in the interests of the British people."
Let me reiterate to you what I said before we were due to have a vote on June 10th that, as a Labour MEP, I am fully opposed to ISDS. This is a subject I have been especially concerned about, and have been vocal in my concerns to fellow MEPs, to civil society groups, and to constituents I have met or have already been in communication with. I firmly believe that any trade deal must put people and planet first, as per the Alternative Trade Mandate, and that any strategy for economic growth must be for sustainable and socially inclusive growth.
I personally have been sceptical about TTIP, and have encouraged civil society groups and citizens in all walks of life to be aware and vigilant about it. I will not support a TTIP deal which damages social or environmental standards, imposes privatisation, or hands democracy over to secretive private courts. This is a message that my fellow Labour and Socialist MEPs and myself have repeatedly put out.
I will keep you updated on developments. In the meantime please contact me with your concerns, and if I can be of further assistance please let me know at email@example.com.