North East Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling has won an award for her work in the European Parliament on International Trade. Organised by The Parliament Magazine, the annual MEP awards honour the work of MEPs in a number of categories.
The International Trade Award recognises the contributions an MEP has made to forming and implementing EU trade policy, as well their involvement in trade talks and advancing relations with other countries outside the EU and trade bodies such as the World Trade Organisation.
Since being elected to represent our region in 2014, Jude has been Labour's spokesperson on the International Trade Committee which has seen her working on EU trade agreements such as Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement with the USA and EU-Canada deal, CETA. While she does not always agree with the detail of final deals her expertise in this area has grown significantly and she continues to fight for agreements which will not only increase trade but ensure a fair deal for consumers and workers across the U.K. and EU. She firmly believes that globalisation should help to reduce inequality and support the growth of good quality jobs for North East workers.
As Britain exits the EU, the UK is likely to need this kind of expertise as it seeks to make its own trade deals with the EU and the rest of the world.
"I am honoured to have won this award and thank The Parliament Magazine for its appreciation of my work in the International Trade Committee, together with my colleagues and staff. Trade policy is attracting unprecedented attention in light of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. This year is a turning point for the EU and the values it stands for; looking outward rather than inward, cooperating rather than opposing and always preferring rules and diplomacy to brute force.”
“I remain convinced that the EU can be part of the solution rather than the problem, and while the UK is leaving I hope that continued co-operation in the future will mean that global competition can be made fairer for the benefit of all people. Outside the EU, we must develop a fair trade policy as a country, unfortunately I'm not convinced that this is an ambition currently shared by Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox".