Fighting to save A&E at King George's Hospital


By Lee Scott
April 26, 2010
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Hustings dominated the campaign trail in Ilford North last week when I put local services for local people back at the heart of the debate.

It’s a key issue to my constituents who want to know their MP will be working hard to improve the quality of their lives in their locality.

This commitment to act on the concerns of the local people put me in the House of Commons for the first time in 2005 and as my record shows it’s where I’ve kept my focus since.

The powers that be want to see an end to accident and emergency services at King George’s Hospital in Goodmayes near Ilford, which local people and their faith leaders are opposed to.

The Conservatives are the only party committed to saving King George’s A&E from the axe. I was the only candidate to raise the issue unprompted during my address to the hustings at Ashurst Gardens last Thursday evening.

Frontline services are how the people of Ilford North, like every other constituency around the UK, experience the policies that are determined at Westminster. Parties that forget this, do so at their peril.

That’s why when the issue came before the House just before the election, I voted to save King George’s A&E. The pressure from the local campaign has finally forced the Government to stop ignoring local concerns and call the decision in for independent review.

This is just one example of the local issues that matter on the campaign trail and is one the central reasons why we have constituency-based system.

Later this week I will have the pleasure of speaking at a hustings held by Barnardo’s in Barkingside where I will put the case again and again for effective representation to protect local services.

I urge the electorate to remember that their MP is first and foremost in the House to represent their interests at national level and to hold to account those unelected individuals who run local services.

And that is my electoral promise.

Lee Scott is the Conservative MP for Ilford North. He is campaigning for re-election.

This blog is part of the JC.com's On The Campaign Trail blog for the Election 2010 where candidates in key Jewish areas have been invited to blog. Read more on our Election 2010 page

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zair (not verified)

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 10:09

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It's admirable that you are fighting for local issues Lee. However when it comes to politics, it's the things that are not talked about that are more revealing.

I would like to ask you about the 'right wing' cornerstone 'faction' within the Conservative Party you are part of.

I have looked at this group's belief's and it reminded me of another group of not so very nice people.

Here are quotes from The Cornerstone Group and The BNP, I'll let you decide which is which.

'We believe in – the spiritual values which have informed British institutions, our culture and our nation’s sense of identity for centuries, underpinned by the belief in a strong nation state.'

'....exists to secure a future for the indigenous peoples of these islands in the North Atlantic which have been our homeland for millennia.'

Not too far apart are they?

The group has also been referred to as the 'Taliban Tendancy' by Alan Duncan who's 'lifestyle' would probably not fit the Cornerstone's belief in 'traditional marriage'.

Is the Cornerstone Group not just BNP light? And should you be associating with such people?


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 10:35

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" ...the spiritual values which have informed British institutions, our culture and our nation’s sense of identity for centuries, underpinned by the belief in a strong nation state."

@Zair

It seems that you do not believe in these values.


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 11:03

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(cont)

Are you therefore someone whose political views should carry any weight?


zair (not verified)

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 11:32

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That's a neat trick Jonathan, being allowed to re-edit your post. I suppose being a 'house' blogger does have its advantages. In reply to your now deleted comment, many people choose to blog anonymously Jonathan, or should I say Hawkeye ;)

OK, going back to the OP. As I am not standing for election, I think my political opinions do not merit dwelling on.

What's your take on Lee's membership of the Cornerstone faction within the Conservative Party?


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 12:42

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For the record I cannot edit my comments.

I do not understand what you mean by "house blogger". I am no different from all the others who blog on the JC site.

If you want to attack me personally you might at least do it using your full name.

Lee has been an excellent constituency MP and the fact that his Labour opponent uses her website to try to smear him for being a member of Cornerstone is daft since the electorate of Ilford North is entitled to ask why she is campaigning negatively rather than positively - as Lee is.

The Conservative Party - like the other Parties - encompasses many views and there is nothing wrong with its MPs coming together to express their own nuance of Conservative views within an organisation like Cornerstone.

If that's the best you can do "zair", it's pretty pathetic. I would not imagine that Lee is quaking in his Doc Martins ....


zair (not verified)

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 22:55

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'Lee has been an excellent constituency MP'

In an article in late 2008 Quentin Wilson wrote in The Mail Online about not too active MPs. He had his to say about Lee.

'The Tories are rumoured to have an MP called Lee Scott (Ilford North). News to me, guv.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1081066/Would-life-librarian-bet...


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 05/05/2010 - 23:38

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Mr/Ms A. Nony Mouse

You need to learn the difference between speaking frequently in the House and taking up constituents' casework.

Try again: Lee has been an excellent constituency MP ...


zair (not verified)

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 06:11

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Sorry that should have been Quentin Letts ;)


zair (not verified)

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 06:22

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'Ilford North MP Lee Scott says he will comply with proposed ruling to ban members from employing their spouses' Guardian 2009.

Not so sqeeky clean as you make out Lee. Surely employing your other half felt a little bit wrong? What else haven't you told us about?

Here is the full article, read it all:

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/rbnews/4722823.WOODFORD_GREEN__MP_...

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