Labour Resists but Odious Tories Hold Sutton & Cheam (9.6.2017)


Bonnie Craven – Labour Party Candidate for Sutton and Cheam

Sutton & Cheam

Conservative hold

LAB Bonnie Craven 10663

CON Paul Scully 26567

LD Amna Ahmad 13869

GRN Claire Jackson-Prior 871

Obviously the majority of voters in Sutton and Cheam are wealthy enough to afford private health insurance, and probably private unemployment cover. St Helier (NHS) hospital has been marked for closure for years now, its resources have been cut-back, its staff demoralised, and its over-all efficiency diminished to the point of endangering lives as its services are ‘sold-off’ piece-meal to private (greed-orientated) business interests. It is a reasonable assumption if the Tory and LibDem voter numbers are added together,  which amount to around 40,000 – with both of these parties representing variants of rightwing politics. In 2015, the National Health Action Party (NHAP) stood a candidate in Sutton and Cheam (an employee of St Helier Hospital), and yet he scored just over 400 votes! The Green Party stood in this election, and with no real cogent political agenda – other than an ecologically-led soft-Toryism – the Greens earned just over 800 votes. The Labour Party – and local Labour Candidate Bonnie Craven – was the only political party in the borough to resist the privatisation of the NHS and the dismantling of the Welfare State.

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