Former Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is to step down as an MP. Ms Alexander was rumoured yesterday by the Guardian to be looking at a move to London City Hall.
Ms Alexander resigned as Shadow Health Secretary as part of the 2016 ‘chicken coup’. A few days after her resignation, she was listed as a key speaker at a private health and care conference:
Labour sources also say that even before her 2016 resignation she had not been fully on board with the party’s position as a genuine alternative to failed austerity and privatisation.
She had infamously objected to party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell joining striking doctors on a picket line when the doctors were fighting the imposition of Hunt’s dishonest contract – and had employed a private healthcare lobbyist, Ben Nunn – against the express wishes of the party leadership not to employ lobbyists.
Here’s Mr Nunn, in a 2013 University of Birmingham video, telling students about his work as a private healthcare lobbyist:
A Shadow Health Secretary who agreed to speak at a private healthcare conference and allegedly ignored the leadership to employ a private healthcare lobbyist as an adviser at a time when the NHS was already collapsing under the burden of underfunding and private profits will be no great loss to the Labour Party.
Labour members in Lewisham East now have an opportunity to select a new candidate more aligned to the change the country needs – and will need to work hard to make sure they succeed in doing so.
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