This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Read the latest issue online

GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

GP receives cross-party support in bid to unseat Jeremy Hunt as MP

Lewisham GP Dr Louise Irvine is intending to repeat her bid to oust health secretary Jeremy Hunt from his MP seat in the upcoming election.

Dr Irvine, who is also a member of the BMA Council, has been selected as the South West Surrey constituency candidate for the National Health Action Party, with backing from several rival political parties.

The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats both agreed to support Dr Irvine on the campaign trail, while the Green Party is withdrawing their candidate altogether.

The attempt comes despite Dr Irvine receiving only 4,851 votes against Mr Hunt’s 34,199 when she challenged him in the 2015 general election.

The NHA Party said in a statement: 'This alliance will send a strong message to Theresa May - the one thing that will bring people together is an attack on the NHS. Jeremy Hunt losing his seat will be the proof of that.'

It comes as the Green Party has also named a GP election candidate, with Dr Diana Warner attempting to become the new MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

Like Dr Irvine, the locum GP, who works in the Bristol area, is campaigning on health issues. 

She told Pulse: 'As a GP I think we need to be politically active to improve health, including the wider determinants of health.

'I want to speak out, even though I'm in a fairly Conservative area.'

Readers' comments (8)

  • Go for it Dr Irvine. Irrespective of which party GPs propose to vote for, this one seat should be taken from the ass bombarding the NHS and us in particular. Mobilize your patients and leave no stone unturned.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I would love to sell myself to beat him in election.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Vinci Ho

    No a bit of doubt who you should be supporting!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • It would be great though wouldn't it?...

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment


    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Even if JH was unseated it would make very little difference to us. PM would just install another mouthpiece. There are many MPs waiting in the wings to do the dirty work.

    It all boils down to the fact that healthcare is becoming unaffordable. We all know that other countries are spending a larger proportion of GDP on healthcare, but they too are looking to implement the same austerity measures. So far they are a little behind us. From a Treasury point of view the only bit of health care that makes economic sense is making sure that people are well enough to work and earn GDP for the country, and that in itself should be done as cheaply as possible. UK plc is being run as a business.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Spuds

    Please please please please....

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I have been a Conservative Party member since I was little more than an egg.
    I will be offering to canvas for Dr Irvine, Hunt is the most toxic parasite of a health Secretary ever

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say