GENERAL ELECTION BLOG 1

The BMA is an apolitical Trade Union with no political party affiliation and cannot declare its support for the policies of one party over another. As a non-partisan organisation the BMA cannot support or oppose any particular political party or candidate. Indeed the BMA’s public reputation and credibility thrives on its political neutrality. Legally the BMA is subject to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. The provisions of this Act mean that the BMA’s resources (funds, services or property) may not be used in any way to endorse or oppose a political party, individual politicians or candidates in a political election. Unlike 2015 because of the short timescale for this election it was decided at the last LRC meeting that the London Regional Council would not organise hustings.

Dr Mark Porter Chair of BMA Council has recently stated . “Doctors want a health service that is well run and properly resourced” . Even before the election was announced the BMA had initiated a campaign NHS at breaking point. Mark added “We need politicians of all parties to stop ducking the crisis and come up with credible and sustainable plans for safeguarding the future of the health service.”

The official line can be seen at

General election: make the NHS central

where you can leave comments

The background to Lobbying can be read at

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014

Which has links to the 2014 Act which governs non-party campaigning in the run up to elections

The Electoral Commission is the regulatory body with responsibility for policing this part of the Act. See

Electoral Commission

All the following is my personal blog and my own opinions

There are over 5.4 million registered voters in the 73 parliamentary constituencies of London. Whilst I would not regard myself as a professional political analyst a review of the results for the last elections in the constituencies show that of the 73 constituencies 21 are key London parliamentary seats they are:-

Key London seats Targeted by
Bermondsey and Old Southwark Lib Dem Target
Brent Central Lib Dem Target
Brentford and Isleworth Conservative Target
Carshalton and Wallington Conservative Target
Croydon Central Labour Target
Ealing Central and Acton Conservative Target
Eltham Conservative Target
Enfield North Conservative Target
Enfield, Southgate Labour Target
Finchley and Golders Green Labour Target
Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Target
Harrow East Labour Target
Harrow West Conservative Target
Hendon Labour Target
Hornsey and Wood Green Lib Dem Target
Ilford North Conservative Target
Kingston and Surbiton Lib Dem Target
Richmond Park Conservative Target
Sutton and Cheam Lib Dem Target
Twickenham Lib Dem Target
Westminster North Conservative Target

Clicking on the left column gives a summary from Wikipedia for the constituency.

Personal view:-

Health is a key election issue for each of the political parties and so the PPCs in your area will want to be fully informed on both local and national health issues.

The run up to a General Election is an ideal opportunity for doctors to try to influence the views of the person who may become their next MP.

Some of the benefits

– establishing a relationship with the successful candidate prior to their election – influencing candidates’ views on issues of local concern

– answering candidates’ questions on health related issues

– obtaining commitments on health policy from candidates before the election.

 

 

In forthcoming blogs I will be listing the candidates of the four main parties including their websites were they have been made public. Most of the ones I have looked at have their contactable e-mail address and or twitter feed if you like that sort of thing.

Engaging with candidates in your constituency is the best way to provide your prospective MP with a local context to national health issues.

NB candidates represent a specific constituency and, as such the approach should come from someone who lives in the candidate’s constituency.

 

 

Note a new BMA manifesto came out last week

BMA Manifesto Press Release

See document

BMA Manifesto for 2017 General Election

 Articles also worth a read (needs BMA membership or open Athens)

 What Role will the NHS play in the 2017 election – by Chief Exec ipsos MORI

 Views on NHS Funding by Royal Medical Colleges Presidents

 

 

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