Jeremy Corbyn throws off Theresa May with a ghost from her party’s past

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at PMQs
Support us and go ad-free

On 8 May, Jeremy Corbyn exposed the Conservative Party’s history on the NHS. And this ghost from the party’s past threw off Theresa May, who was attacking Labour’s healthcare record.

Ghost returns

At prime minister’s questions (PMQs), May claimed:

I’m proud of our NHS. He talks down our NHS… The Labour Party in government would crash the economy, which would mean less money available for the NHS. And who are the only party in government that has cut funding to the NHS? The Labour Party.

In response, the Labour leader said:

Mr Speaker, nobody on this side of the house ever talks down the NHS. It’s Labour’s greatest achievement. The principle of healthcare free at the point of need as a human right was a Labour achievement. And every Tory MP voted against it.

The Conservatives voted against the creation of the NHS over 20 times in parliament. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth previously said:

The Tories fought it tooth and nail all the way through Parliament on a three line whip. In fact they voted against the creation of the NHS 22 times including at the third reading. Over the last 70 years, the Tories have under-funded and tried to sell off the NHS. Labour governments have always stepped in to fully fund and rebuild the NHS.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free
“Humanitarian crisis”

Fast-forward to the 2010s, and David Cameron’s coalition followed by May’s administration have cut the NHS to the brink. Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Health Foundation thinktank, notes that the NHS is “short of 100,000 doctors, nurses and other staff”. Back in 2017, the Red Cross said the NHS was in a “humanitarian crisis”. And, as part of ongoing Conservative privatisation of the health service, May plans to chop the NHS up into sellable chunks branded as ‘Integrated Care Providers (ICPs)’.

At PMQs, Corbyn threw off May with her party’s own shameful NHS history. It should serve as a reminder that the current government values profit over human rights. And it’s a stark warning that we must fight for our public healthcare.

The exchange begins at 8:38:

Featured image via YouTube – The Independent

Support us and go ad-free

Do your bit for independent journalism

Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.

We need you to help out, if you can.

When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.

You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.

In return you get:

  • Advert free reading experience
  • Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
  • 20% discount from our shop

 

The Canary Fund us