STORIFY: Parliament debates TTIP, 10 Dec 2015

10 December 2015 - 5:00pm

The House of Commons debated the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) today, 10 December 2015, thanks to a motion introduced by Geraint Davies MP. The debate was an item of backbench business only, but offered an insight into the growing level of concern within all political parties at TTIP and the other 'new generation' free trade deals.

Even before the debate started, the Leader of the House, Chris Grayling MP, took a swipe at "left wing pressure groups" for standing up to the government's misinformation on TTIP - a theme that surfaced regularly over the following three hours.

But top prize for finding 'reds under the bed' must surely go to John Spellar MP for his claim that the campaign against TTIP in the UK is being driven forward by members of the old East German Communist Party. His evidence for this is the TTIP booklet co-published by War on Want and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation - an example, according to Mr Spellar, of just how good the GDR was at "propaganda and agitation". 

For an explanation of this choice piece of late McCarthyism, and many other highlights, have a look at this Storify selection of our tweets from the debate.


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