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Press Cycle 8 - Hospital Parking Charges
#11
The abolition of parking fees should be a footnote in a broad raft of reform to healthcare - instead it's all the Tories can offer. The faux-indignant stamping of feet in lockstep by the Conservative Party is merely obfuscating nine years of failure to even manage to scrap the parking fees themselves, let alone do anything meaningful for healthcare. When you compare this cynical move to all of the damage this party has done to British healthcare, then any fair-minded person could only see this as 'messing about'.

It is laughable that they expect to be congratulated for paying lip service to healthcare reform after being bereft of idea for so many years. It doesn't mean that abolishing parking fees is unimportant, but it does mean that it is 'too little, too late' for the Tories.

Don't worry, we'll do what you couldn't. We'll scrap the fees. We'll invest in healthcare. We'll make sure the hip pockets and the hip bones of our frail and elderly are looked after when they go to hospital. But spare me and the British public your crocodile tears for the state of our most vulnerable, when you couldn't have filed a thimble with your sympathy in nine years of Conservative rule.
Joseph "Joe" Quinn MP (LAB) 
Member for Birmingham Ladywood (2010-)
Secretary of State for Defence
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#12
The Conservative Party had 9 years in government to remove car parking charges. This Coalition Government is actually delivering.

In the next Budget, the Government will be delivering the £260million per year necessary to eliminate charges without damaging the support for NHS Trusts and ensuring it is affordable for the national finances.

These are the actions of a Government that is taking the real actions necessary for sensible, pragmatic, and practical improvements to people’s lives.
Pooja Sharma | Conservative Party
MP for Hertsmere (2010-present)


Backbench Favourite, Campaign Organiser, Uninspiring

Formerly: Robert Lascelles, One Nation Party
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#13
I want to make it clear that neither I nor the Conservative Party wish to be congratulated for introducing a motion on scrapping car parking charges in hospitals. I take objection to the statement that it's all we can offer - our manifesto had a list of policies and spending commitments that we would be now carrying out were we in Government. Due to being in Opposition we are limited to what we can propose, so a motion to scrap car-parking charges in hospitals is a perfectly reasonable motion for us to pursue - especially when the Government, until Mr Quinn's recent announcement, would not commit to scrapping these charges.

We must remember that the only reason that this motion was put forward is because of the failure of the Government to answer questions on this during the debate on the Queen's Speech and the failure of the Health Secretary to say the Government supported the scrapping of the charges. Had either of them done so there would be no need for the motion that we presented. 

It is quite concerning that the announcement comes from the Defence Secretary in the Press, rather than the Health Secretary in Parliament - yet when I spoke to the press regarding the situation in Northern Ireland, I am lambasted for not speaking in Parliament first. Labour cannot switch the argument to suit themselves.
MP for Hexham 2005 -
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#14
"The high and mighty Robert Lascelles has descended upon us mere mortals and bestowed his graces upon us. Us, his mere mortal servants are grateful for his graces and thank him for scrapping hospitals parking charges" is what I assume Robert Lascelles expect us to say. This is not about what Tories did or did not do, Labour made this promise and Robert Lascelles tried to backtrack on it now with pressure from the Brexit Party and the other opposition parties that he has stopped his attempt to backtrack and begrudingly endorse Labour's promise. What does this episode show us is very simple, Robert Lascelles will try to install his radical Osbornian small government agenda whenever he can and block any and every attempt to improve the NHS. That is what this is about and Labour almost let him do that until they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. This is what this is about. Labour's desire for power and what can be sacrificed for it and I can assure you, you won't like the answer.
Brigitte Allard MP
Member for Stoke on Trent North
Leader of the Brexit Party

Media Darling/Fundraising Extraordinaire/Maverick/Constituency Darling(awarded by admins)
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#15
The Secretary of State for Health has spoken in Parliament and the Press. Mr Knight's tantrum is more about his own hurt feelings than real contributions to the policy debate. I'll leave discussion of our wide-ranging reforms to fix the damage to healthcare caused by the Consevratove Party to Mr Lascelles.

But now the Conservatives have raised the topic of healthcare, let's talk about their performance in healthcare.

131,000. That's the number of preventable deaths caused from from 2012 to early 2019 in what experts have called a "perfect storm" of budget cuts and austerity-related declines in social conditions. 131,000 British lives lost due to policy changes made by a Government in power for nine years, the members of which now have the gall to lecture this freshly elected Government on not doing enough.

5,500. That's the number of people who have died in this country in the last three years under the Conservatives while waiting too long on a trolley in an A&E unit. This means one in every 83 people who had to wait six hours or more in A&E died due to delays caused by poor Government health policy-making and budgeting.

And now another number: 306. That's the number of Tories hoping a nine year overdue motion to abolish parking fees will make you forget nearly a decade of inaction and failures on healthcare.
Joseph "Joe" Quinn MP (LAB) 
Member for Birmingham Ladywood (2010-)
Secretary of State for Defence
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#16
The Government has finally decided to agree with the Conservatives and abolish car parking charges in hospitals, what took them so long? 

In the words of the PM, this Labour led Government has been dithering from the very start on scrapping car park charges in hospitals. While they were making up their mind they criticized the Conservatives for not taking action in the 9 years. Once again members of this Government have conveniently forgot that the Labour Party pledged to phase out hospital car parking charges in 2009 - paid for by "back office savings"so why have Labour failed to take action until now? The Conservatives will continue to hold this Government to account and we will  ensure the Government makes the correct decisions for this country.
Harold Saxon - Conservative and Unionist Party

Leader of The Opposition
Member of Parliament for North East Somerset
Deputy Prime Minister (February 2019 - June 2019)
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#17
I don't know where Harold Saxon has been for the past ten years, but let me refresh his memory. The Labour Party pledged to scrap parking fees over a three year period in 2009 - meaning they would be gone by 2012. When they took office in 2010, the Conservatives did not stick to Labour's plan and kept them in place. I don't know if he's dense or just doesn't get it: but the Tories have been the only obstacle to scrapping NHS parking fees for 10 years.
Caroline Blakesley MP DCB
Prime Minister (June 2019-)
MP for Manchester Central (2015-) | Labour
Traits: Fundraising Extraordionare, Campaign Guru, Media Darling, Constituency Pariah
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#18
Let's talk about Secretary of State for Health's record a little bit. "131,000. That's the number of preventable deaths caused from from 2012 to early 2019 in what experts have called a "perfect storm" of budget cuts and austerity-related declines in social conditions.", "5,500. That's the number of people who have died in this country in the last three years under the Conservatives while waiting too long on a trolley in an A&E unit. This means one in every 83 people who had to wait six hours or more in A&E died due to delays caused by poor Government health policy-making and budgeting.", and his direct responsibility on the Errol Graham case, it was the department he led that sanctioned his benefits, declared him ineligible to PIP and let Mr.Graham starve to death. Mr. Graham was only found by the local council, not because of a wellbeing check but because to evict Mr.Graham from his council house. Now Robert Lascelles was instrumental in what expert have called a perfect storm of budget cuts and austerity related declines in social conditions under his role as a Cabinet secretary and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, which has been called disasterous by the Prime Minister herself. Now let's look his record as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, between January 2017 and December 2018, Department of Work and Pensions has implemented 293,345 Universal Credit sanctions. Sanctions that has been called cruel and unnecessary by Labour over and over again and now they are letting the man who did that run our NHS. That is for me is just unconscionable and unacceptable. Robert Lascelles has never apologised for his role and contributions to this mess he was instrumental in creating and now he is reaping the price for jumping the ship before it sank and Labour is letting this happen.

Brigitte Allard is carrying this graphic printed on a laminated paper in her dossier.

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Under Robert Lascelles Universal Credit sanctions has skyrocketed, even when we look past his record on Errol Graham which I have no intention to do, Robert Lascelles led his department with intent to spread cruelty and misery, 293,345 case of Universal Credit "successful" sanctions in total, 242,114 cases that has been either successfully appealed or cancelled due to errors from the Department itself. Now he tried to implement his radical Osbornian small government agenda in this government as well and if the Brexit Party hasn't pushed Labour to actually defend their own commitment he would have got away with it. It shouldn't be up to Brexit Party to force Labour to do implement their own agenda but unfortunately that is the case here because while Labour only seems to be caring about blocking Brexit while Brexit Party cares about improving our NHS no matter where the ideas come from, that is why we will continue to push Labour to implement their sound ideas on NHS no matter what Robert Lascelles thinks or wants to do, even if that means forcing Labour to implement their own agenda. 
Brigitte Allard MP
Member for Stoke on Trent North
Leader of the Brexit Party

Media Darling/Fundraising Extraordinaire/Maverick/Constituency Darling(awarded by admins)
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#19
The history of hospital parking charges is one that those of us from Wales remember well. In the 2007 One Wales agreement, Plaid Cymru insisted that an abolition of parking fees be included in the coalition government's agenda. This was regrettably stymied by subsequent Labour governments in Wales, until finally achieved - with great support from Plaid Cymru - just last year. So, as in many areas, Plaid Cymru and devolved government in Wales got it right before Westminster even batted an eye.
Owain Pugh MP
Plaid Cymru for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Campaigning Guru/Fundraising Extraordinaire/Media Darling/Maverick
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