Can you help Kathryn Anderson’s campaign to protect and improve our NHS?

The Waltham Forest and North London NHA groups invite you to meet Kathryn Anderson and join her parliamentary campaign in Chingford and Woodford Green for the 2015 General Election.

Kathryn writes:

Friends,

I’m Kathryn Anderson and I’m writing to introduce myself and to ask you to assist my campaign team for next year’s General Election. You may have already seen that I’m the prospective parliamentary candidate for the NHA in the constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green where Iain Duncan Smith is the current MP.

We are holding a meeting on Monday 8th December at 7pm. The venue is the Duke of Wellington Pub, 119 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BL. The meeting room is accessible.

The aim of the meeting will be to organise on-the-ground assistance with street stalls, leafleting, etc. If you’re not in a position to be out and about perhaps you could help with our social media campaign. I’m sure we can find lots to do whether you can offer a regular commitment in the run up to the election or just an odd hour every now and then.

I’m inviting members and supporters from a wider area than just the constituency. As you know the party isn’t in a position to stand many candidates and we welcome local campaigners who are willing to lend a hand, or who just want to stay connected.

If you’d like to know more please get in contact via NHAPartyWF@gmail.com or contact me directly via nhakathryn@outlook.com

I look forward to meeting you on the 8th.

Many thanks

Kathryn

You can read more about Kathryn here.

The venue can easily be reached from the constituency, is a short bus ride or walk from the Victoria Line at Highbury & Islington or from the overground stations in Dalston, London Fields or Hackney Downs. For further directions to the Duke of Wellington please follow this link.

For details on the NHAP website, please see the link here.

NHAP representative’s write-up of The People’s Parliament – Save Our NHS

Following the successful launch of the NHAP European election campaign I decided to attend a session of The People’s Parliament last night in the House of Commons. It was the first time I had ever set foot inside the Houses of Parliament. I was unsure what to expect.

The only snag came during the screening upon entering the complex. While I encourage you to carry your #stickupfortheNHS stickers with you at all times, if you try to take them into parliament your stickers will be confiscated, despite my assurances that I’m not going to plaster stickers everywhere. I’m not a child. Tempting mind! Thankfully a receipt was issued and stickers were returned.

You can read more about the panellists who spoke at the meeting here. The panel included Dr Jacky Davis of Keep Our NHS Public. Dr Davis gave the National Health Action Party credit for pressuring Labour into taking a stance (of sorts) to exempt the NHS from TTIP. More on Labour and TTIP here.

Opposing TTIP was a key theme of the discussion. Read this article to learn why we at NHAP think it is so vital to exempt the NHS from the treaty. This is not an anti-trade stance, this is not an anti-American stance. This is an anti-entombing-the-NHS-in-privatisation-forever stance. I pointed out that people need to be more vocal about the fact that the ‘public consultation’ is a sham. I’m going to try to grapple with this some more. I believe that the online questionnaire (full version here) is designed to be inaccessible.

Here’s the intro:

Given the length of this consultation we strongly recommend that you print out the consultation notice and the consultation document and prepare your answers off-line before completing the questionnaire.

It is not technically possible to save your answers in the questionnaire and come back to it later. Your session on-line will remain open for 90 minutes for you to fill out your answers.

I can only assume that it is deliberately complicated in order to put us off. I feel highly motivated to oppose the ISDS element of TTIP in particular. I simply do not have half a day to devote to completing this questionnaire. The issues are in fact not impenetrable so why is the alleged consultation so unwieldy? As I stated during the meeting, this consultation is only taking place at all very late in the whole process because people from many EU countries are opposing TTIP. This questionnaire is designed not for consultation but to give the authorities something to which they can refer back and tell us that we had the opportunity to have input and we elected not to make good use of that opportunity. In short, this stinks!

The People’s Parliament was set up by Labour MP John McDonnell to stimulate debate in the build up to the 2015 general election. It would be good to have a broader cross-section of views represented within the People’s Parliament. I wonder whether the other main parties can be tempted to join? It would be good not to have need for a People’s Parliament. Isn’t parliament meant to be the people’s parliament anyway? We can dream. The anti-Labour feeling in the room must have made the Chair, East London MP John Cryer feel uncomfortable.

There was a great discussion about what must be done to put the Labour leadership under pressure to have faith in the public’s faith in the NHS and their strong desire to keep it. There was a gentle reminder that some pressure should be applied to the Lib Dems too. Many of their supporters are strongly pro-NHS. The NHS could be an election-winner. The plain fact is that the majority of Conservative voters want the NHS to remain public. The merits of appealing to the party to repeal the Health and Social Care Act are beyond me but I’m interested to hear whether anyone thinks it an idea worth pursuing.

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I received a round of applause when I introduced myself as an MEP candidate for the National Health Action Party which was unexpected. I took this as a welcome sign for the party’s prospects. We just need to get our message out more broadly so lend us your voices please!

As I have said, there was a lot of talk around ‘what to do about Labour?’. One of the other panellists Jill Mountford, from Save Lewisham Hospital said people need not to vote for “all of these smaller, fringe parties” and get Labour into government in 2015 while pressuring Labour into recovering its passion for the NHS. The National Health Action Party view is in accord with this train of thought which is why we intend to focus our General Election 2015 efforts on contesting around 30 constituencies that are currently held by Conservative or Liberal Democrat MPs. Thankfully Jacky Davis made this point. We had been told nobody was going to get a second chance to speak so that was me gagged.

It was clear from the mood in the room that enough people think Labour have split their core vote themselves. Unfortunately for everyone who loves the NHS, which is pretty much everyone in the UK, we will need a Labour majority government in order to restore the NHS and make it the brilliant service we need for the 21st Century.

All the best,

Andrew Sharp
Prospective MEP for London

Disclaimer: I feel it only fair that I point out that I am not generally a Labour supporter. I have voted for them once or twice. I’ve also voted Conservative and (far more often) for the Lib Dems. Have voted Green too. Have never, would never vote UKIP.

Vote NHA to send a message to politicians that you will not stand for the demolition and privatisation of our NHS.

The National Health Action Party will be fielding candidates in the London region of the European Elections on May 22nd.

A big vote for the NHA party will send a strong message to politicians across the political spectrum that the public will not stand for the demolition and privatisation of our NHS.

The other main plank of the campaign is making it a top priority to exempt the NHS from the secretive TTIP trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and the US. This deal would open up the NHS to American private health companies and make privatisation permanent. Any future government would not be able to get out of contracts with private companies even if it wanted to.

Dr Louise Irvine, chair of the Save Lewisham Campaign, will be the lead candidate on the NHA Party’s list. The theatre and TV star Rufus Hound, a passionate NHS supporter, will also be running. The full list of 8 candidates will be announced shortly.

In the Euro Elections, you vote for a party not an individual. Voting is via proportional representation with seats allocated according to the number of votes received by each party. The more votes, the more people on the party list will be elected. It’s estimated that around 200,000 votes are needed in the London region to get one MEP elected.

If you want more information on the NHA Party, please check out the NHA Party website: http://nhap.org/

For more on the Euro Elections, go to: http://nhap.org/european-elections-may-22nd/

There will be campaigning in areas across London between now and the election on May 22nd. See the Events page of the NHA Party website for details: http://nhap.org/events/

If you would like to volunteer to do leafleting in your area or outside your local hospital, please email: contact@nhap.org

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