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Three GPs elected MPs as Dr Louise Irvine steals chunk of Hunt majority

GP Dr Paul Williams has won his bid to unseat the Conservative Party in his constituency of Stockton South, while two other GPs held their seats following last night’s general election results.

Dr Williams, a GP at Tennant Street Medical Practice and chief executive of Hartlepool and Stockton Health GP federation, drew 48.5% of the vote, just edging out the Tory candidate James Wharton by 888 votes.

During his campaign, Dr Williams emphasised his plans to make the NHS one of his top priorities as MP.

Elsewhere in the country, Dr Philip Lee, a Conservative MP, held on to his seat in Bracknell with 58.8% of the vote. 

Conservative Totnes MP and former chair of the House of Commons health select committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, also held on to her seat with 53.7% of the votes.

But other GPs campaigning for a seat were not as successful. 

Dr Diana Warner, Green Party candidate in Filton and Bradley Stoke, and Dr Louise Irvine, who was hoping to unseat health secretary Jeremy Hunt in South West Surrey, both failed to get enough votes.

But Dr Irvine, who represented the National Health Action party, described the result as ‘amazing in such a safe Tory seat’ as she gained 20% of the votes – an 11.5% increase on 2015.

She told Pulse: ’It means that our party is very relevant. It plays a vital role in alerting the public to what’s happing to the NHS but also holding to account Jeremy Hunt, and also the politicians that make decisions on the NHS to show that they can’t just get away with saying "everything’s fine, we’re spending more money". Everything is not fine.’

She added that her party’s gains show that their message resonates with people, and she said she expects those gains to grow.

Former Conservative MP  Dr James Davies also lost out. The Vale of Clwyd GP lost his seat to Labour MP Chris Ruane, who saw an 11.9% surge in votes, compared with 2015.

How Dr Louise Irvine caught up on Jeremy Hunt

Hunt vote share - 33,683 (56%), compared with 34,199 in 2015

Irvine vote share - 12,093 (20%), compared with 4,851 in 2015

 

Readers' comments (9)

  • JEREMY HUNT IS A "POLITICAL GANGSTA" WHO HAS "REPEATEDLY DISGRACED HIMSELF" IN HIS TREATMENT OF NHS STAFF.

    WHILE THIS MP HAS BEEN SHIELDED IN HIS PROTECTED SEAT, EVEN HE MIGHT NOW BE STARTING TO REALISE THE PALPABLE ANGER THAT HE HAS CAUSED WITH HIS "DISGRACEFUL POLICIES"

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  • Completely agree.J.Hunt is bad and conservatives should be ashamed of him.
    Louise Irvine--please carry on.You are brave and keep the pressure on.

    I am with you from the North West.

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  • WHEN WILL "HUNT" DO THE HONOURABLE THING AND RESIGN AS HEALTH MINISTER?

    WHILE PULSE MAGAZINE MIGHT FEAR "UPSETTING HIM" DUE TO HIS ABSURD POWER AND INFLUENCE, WHY CAN'T PULSE MAGAZINE APPROACH HUNT AND ASK HIM IF HE WILL RESIGN???? I SAY REPRESENT YOUR READERS RATHER THAN WORRYING ABOUT THOSE WITH TOO MUCH POWER AND LEVERAGE

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  • "It's people like Dr Irvine who are leading to the A+E crisis by being distracted from her role in caring for patients by such activities as getting involved in politics including during and also beyond the hour in the middle of the day when her practise is invariably shut. And that's what I and the Conservative party focus on putting above all else - caring about patients" says Jezza with that immensely disconcerting wobble of the head and fluctuating proptosis.

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  • 😀😀

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  • Vinci Ho

    Guys , I have a sneaky gut feeling Agent Hunt would keep his job. But obviously, the meaning of being health secretary in this 'new' government (if it is Tory + DUP) , is very very different.
    Our old foe will be still here , but deeply wounded .
    I quote from latest Wonder Woman movie(love it!)again : ' it is not what you derseve, but what you believe.'
    (Watch it , highly recommended)

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  • Vinci Ho

    And.....
    RIP Adam West , Batman always...,,.

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  • Vinci Ho

    As I predicted above , Agent Hunt remains in post
    Folks , ready with our gauntlets

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  • Hunt's vote was reduced by less than 900 votes from over 30,000, and Dr Irvine lost by over 21,000 votes. So comments that the NHS Action party took a huge wedge of Hunt's vote are nonsense (900 at most); and the NHS Action party remain as irrelevant as ever (you lost).

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