Session Two Poster
Session Two Poster

Dear Friends,

As promised, today I am introducing the second session of the virtual Trade Forum which I wrote about yesterday; “Building Britain’s Trading Future”, which will take place next Tuesday 8th December, and which you can sign up to join below.

In our second session; “Raising standards around the world”, I will be in conversation with a brilliant panel of trade union representatives, trade experts, and economists, looking at how Britain can reap the benefits of free trade agreements for our economy, while protecting and maintaining our high standards of labour rights, public services and animal welfare, and encouraging our trade partners to do the same.

Our panellists and Chair include:

  • Bill Esterson MP (Chair); the Labour Member for Sefton Central who has also been the Shadow Minister for International Trade since 2016, and was formerly the Shadow Minister for Small Business.
  • Rosa Crawford; the policy lead on international trade for the Trades Union Congress, who also sits on a number of government advisory groups on trade, provides regular evidence to Parliament on trade issues, and represents the TUC on the European TUC trade committee
  • Ben Richards; the International Officer for Unite, coordinating relationships with sister unions around the world and the Global Union Federations, building alliances within multinational companies and working in solidarity on development issues.
  • Adam Posen CBE; the President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, who served as an External Member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (2009-12), and advised the UK government during the global financial crisis.

By clinking the following link, you can register for the event and engage directly with our panellists by sending in questions:

I hope you will join us as we forge a truly progressive independent trade policy which reaps the benefits of free and fair competition without jeopardising our labour rights, our NHS, our environmental regulations, or the other standards we prize as a country.

Best wishes,


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