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MP gets cold feet over NHS petition

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MP gets cold feet over NHS petition

Poole MP, Robert Syms, has pulled out of a meeting with members of the Bournemouth and Poole Anti Cuts Coalition (BPACC) with less than 24 hours notice and no explanation.

Members of the group had arranged to present a 400,000-strong petition opposing the NHS reforms to Mr Syms at 4pm this afternoon at his constituency office, but his staff have cancelled the meeting without giving any reason for the change.

Darren Brown, BPACC chair said: “I thought the government and its MPs were supposed to be listening to the public, but it’s very difficult to listen to what people have to say if you won’t even meet them. I worry that Mr Syms will say he’s had no-one express any concern about the government’s plans for the NHS - when in fact he has avoided talking to anyone. It seems like a case of don’t ask the question if you’re not going to like the answer. He and the other local MPs need to get off the fence and tell the public whether they support the changes to the NHS or not. We have a right to know.”

BPACC members are now seeking to contact Mr Syms for an alternative date when the petition can be presented.

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