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World Development, in Stroud

What would a new EU-US trade treaty mean for us? The World Development Movement is a national organisation which campaigns against root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change and on the 17th of February, WDM representative Nick Dearden will be in Stroud to talk about the increasing power of corporations, the implications for democracy and what can be done about it.

Nick Dearden joined WDM as its new head last September and is very keen to promote the organisation. He worked previously for War on Want, Amnesty International and the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

Nick said “If the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement gets the go ahead then any international company can challenge any Government’s legal rights”

Also speaking at the meeting on the 17th of February, will be local Green MEP candidate Molly Scott Cato.

Molly Scott Cato said: “The trade treaty would allow corporations to claim compensation if national governments introduce laws that they believe have undermined their ability to make profits. Rather than the somewhat limp argument currently used by politicians to justify satisfying the whim of corporate barons, this would give such arguments real legal teeth and shift power further away from the citizen and in the direction of corporations.”

The public meeting will be taking place at the Open House, next to Star Anise, Gloucester St Stroud-7.15 for 7.30pm.on Monday 17th