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Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has challenged her UKIP opponent, Angus Dalgleish, on his party’s record. In an open letter fuelled by exchanges during last week’s hustings about health policy - organised by The Sutton Guardian – Ms Brothers challenges UKIP with a series of hard hitting questions of her own. She writes:

“At last week’s hustings you claimed that “UKIP will keep the NHS free at the point of use.” I don’t see how anyone could believe this is anything other than an opportunistic attempt to cover up UKIP’s longstanding conviction that the NHS should be privatised. That’s why I’m writing to ask for clarification, to help me understand UKIP’s policy.
“Didn’t your Leader, Nigel Farage tell a meeting in September 2012: ‘I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare. Frankly, I would feel more comfortable that my money would return value if I was able to do that through the market place of an insurance company than just us trustingly giving £100bn a year to central government and expecting them to organise the healthcare service from cradle to grave for us’?

“Can you confirm that your Deputy Leader, Paul Nutgall congratulated the current Government on ‘bringing a whiff of privatisation into the beleaguered National Health Service’ and warned that ‘the very existence of the NHS stifles competition’?
“Do you disagree with your new recruit Douglas Carswell who in 2012 called for ‘open market’ in healthcare contracts and in 2013 he supported the Government’s catastrophic top-down re-organisation of the NHS, even calling it, of all things, ‘modest’?
“Will you encourage Douglas Carswell, who voted for the Health and Social Care Act (2012), to support Clive Efford MP’s Bill to stop the privatisation of the NHS?
“Why did your Leader, Nigel Farage endorse a 2013 article from Jonathan Stanley – in the process describing him as ‘A UKIP health spokesman’ – in which he suggested allowing GP’s to ‘charge a flat fee to see non-emergency cases’?
“Do you back the view of your Leader, Nigel Farage when in 2013, when he said specifically about NHS jobs that ‘there is plenty of room for cuts and efficiencies’? This doesn’t match with your claims of support for NHS workers at last week’s hustings.
“It is clear that UKIP have long believed cutting the NHS even further, increasing privatisation and charging patients for vital health services is central to your policy. As a highly regarded clinician, I really don’t see how this is tenable for you.
“Labour, by contrast, has a costed plan to boost the frontline, which your party refuses to match.”
Recent open correspondence between Ms Brothers (28/10/14) and Mr Dalgleish (11/11/14) has revealed that UKIP locally support an alliance with the Conservatives. Ms Brothers said:
“The recent hustings helped to flush out UKIP and Lib Dem competition to support a Conservative government. That’s why Labour provides the only credible progressive alternative to the threat of a Tory, Lib Dem and UKIP Coalition.”
In a separate open letter (07/11/14), Ms Brothers has challenged Mr Dalgleish over UKIP’s support for the far right group - The European Freedom and Direct Democracy.
In this video Nigel Farage, UKIP’s leader, makes clear his support for increased NHS privatisation and cuts to public services.













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