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GPC election paused in one area after ‘unsolicited email’ from candidate

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The BMA has paused voting in the BMA GP Committee election in one area to look into ‘an ongoing concern’.

GPs told Pulse that they received an unsolicited email from Derby and Derbyshire LMC’s office urging them to vote for incumbent representative Dr Peter Holden.

The email, seen by Pulse and dated 4 March, said it was sent ‘on behalf of’ Dr Holden.

Concerned GPs pointed to election guidelines which said candidates ‘must not use BMA resources to canvass voters and should not send them unsolicited communications’.

A BMA spokesperson said: ‘Voting in the GP committee election for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire seat has been paused to allow the BMA to look into an ongoing concern.

‘Ensuring elections are fair to all participants and conducted in a transparent and open way is very important to the BMA and we are working to make sure that is the case in this election.’

Dr Holden, who is a longstanding member of the BMA’s GP Committee, declined to comment at the present time.