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
where you can leave comments
The background to Lobbying can be read at
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
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|
|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|
|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.
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
Articles also worth a read (needs BMA membership or open Athens)