7 January 2021
In July last year, MPs voted against amendments to the Trade Bill that would have protected our NHS and ensured that trade deals can't be signed in secret. Not a single Conservative MP voted to protect the NHS, and just 12 voted to allow parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals.
It was a shocking move that means our NHS is still very much on the table in trade deals with the USA and with other countries.
In December, the House of Lords amended the Bill to put those protections back into the Bill. This was a massive victory won by the more than 300,000 people who signed the petition to protect the NHS.
Now, the Trade Bill is returning to the House of Commons. It is absolutely crucial that MPs redeem themselves, amend the Bill and protect our NHS. That's why we're asking MPs to pledge to do just that.
So far just 35 MPs have made the pledge. That means that nearly nineteen out of every twenty MPs have not signed the pledge.
To make sure our NHS is protected, we need as many MPs as possible to make this pledge.
In order to make that happen, MPs have to hear from their constituents why the NHS is so important, and why we won't let it be carved up and sold off in a trade deal with the USA or anywhere else.
This could well be our last chance to get these protections written into law. If you haven't already, please contact your MP and ask them to amend the Trade Bill now.
And if your MP hasn't yet signed, make sure the public know about it. Help spread the word by sharing the list of MPs who have made the pledge on social media.