Labour losing the support of its traditional allies

I was driving home from West Wickham last night after a dinner with five of the London mayoral hopefuls. They had come to speak to the Beckenham Conservatives about their plans for London, I will post more details and pictures soon.

Listening to Today in Parliament on Radio 4 I heard that the Conservatives had been applauded by junior doctors from the public gallery yesterday. Speaker Martin had to rebuke them! It is clear that Labour have lost the trust of large sections of the public services, the very people who were traditionally their bedrock.

The spin about the NHS not being safe in Tory hands has spun itself out and the ward closures, job losses and meaningless central government targets have taken their toll. We will have a mountain to climb when we are back in office because the damage done by Labour over the last ten years has cut deep. But it is a challenge that we should embrace.

10 responses to “Labour losing the support of its traditional allies

  1. ” 24 Hrs to save the NHS” never was anything other than a cynical ploy, playing on a successful “anti” campaign that had been running for a couple of years.It may have taken 10 years, but I personally do not believe that Labour will ever be trusted with anything again. I was at a hustings in Glasgow last night, and the incumbent Labour man was excoriated. If his treatement is anything to go by, suggesting an overall Tory majority of 6 is wishful thinking – on behalf of the Labour party. And the LibDems did no better – they ain’t going to get 66 seats.

  2. ” 24 Hrs to save the NHS” never was anything other than a cynical ploy, playing on a successful “anti” campaign that had been running for a couple of years.It may have taken 10 years, but I personally do not believe that Labour will ever be trusted with anything again. I was at a hustings in Glasgow last night, and the incumbent Labour man was excoriated. If his treatement is anything to go by, suggesting an overall Tory majority of 6 is wishful thinking – on behalf of the Labour party. And the LibDems did no better – they ain’t going to get 66 seats.

  3. I have said on many blogs and will repeat here again – the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (as was) had no greater champion than Peter Viggers MP. He is an unrecognised but great Parliamentarian as regards defence issues, and James; I suggest you make his acquaintance if you don’t know him already.We have a better record on the NHS than the public give us credit for. We need to fight harder to get even the credit that we should have.

  4. I have said on many blogs and will repeat here again – the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (as was) had no greater champion than Peter Viggers MP. He is an unrecognised but great Parliamentarian as regards defence issues, and James; I suggest you make his acquaintance if you don’t know him already.We have a better record on the NHS than the public give us credit for. We need to fight harder to get even the credit that we should have.

  5. Geoff,Thanks for highlighting that. I will give Peter a call, the A&E department at Queen Mary’s in Sidcup is under threat and I am keep to pick up any tips from him that could help save it.

  6. Geoff,Thanks for highlighting that. I will give Peter a call, the A&E department at Queen Mary’s in Sidcup is under threat and I am keep to pick up any tips from him that could help save it.

  7. The other day Blair accused Cameron of having no strategy for if he takes office! I thought it was rich given his abolishion and subsequent re-instatement of the internal market, abolision and re-instatement of grant-maintained schools and all the other damaging fiddling that they’ve done over the past 10 years.What was your strategy Mr Blair? Or did it stop at outlasting Maggie?

  8. The other day Blair accused Cameron of having no strategy for if he takes office! I thought it was rich given his abolishion and subsequent re-instatement of the internal market, abolision and re-instatement of grant-maintained schools and all the other damaging fiddling that they’ve done over the past 10 years.What was your strategy Mr Blair? Or did it stop at outlasting Maggie?

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