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Doctor who took Jeremy Hunt to court and won is standing against him in the general election


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Dr Louise Irvine, a Lewisham GP who successfully chaired the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign, is standing for the National Health Action (NHA) party in South West Surrey.

She is being supported by an alliance of Labour, Lib Dem, and Green party candidates who wish to see Jeremy Hunt ousted from the seat which he’s held since 2005.

Jeremy Hunt has proved incredibly unpopular in his role as Health Secretary and caused outrage to local Lewisham residents when he tried to push through cuts to services at Lewisham Hospital. Planned cuts involved downgrading the A&E department and reducing maternity services.

In a hearing at the High Court in 2013, Justice Silber said that Jeremy Hunt “had acted outside his powers as Secretary of State, and was in breach of the National Health Service Act 2006” for announcing these cuts.

Dr Irvine led the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign and also helped organise a massive demonstration in defence of the NHS in March.

Speaking about her appointment as the NHA candidate for South West Surrey, Dr Irvine said:

"I am honoured and delighted that people in South West Surrey have chosen me as a progressive alliance candidate and I am ready to challenge Jeremy Hunt on his government’s disastrous NHS policies as well as the huge damage they are doing to our society in many areas such as education, housing and the environment."

The Green Party have withdrawn their candidate from the running for the South West Surrey seat, while both Labour and Lib Dems have agreed not to campaign. The alliance hopes that this will help Dr Irvine in succesfully ousting Jeremy Hunt from his seat. 

Image by Garry Knight.

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