Friday, 21 January 2011

Lib Dem MP attacks NHS reforms

Liberal Democrat MP Bob Russell has praised the NHS and attacked Andrew Lansley's planned reforms as "privatisation by stealth".

Russell is an outspoken MP on the left of his party... the question is whether the rising tide of opposition to the reforms amongst rank and file Liberal Democrat members will impact upon the views of the Liberal Democrat leadership.

This will be a defining issue for the party. If the Lib Dem leadership continue to offer warm support for the reforms and back it in the Commons, it will entrench the party as a right-of-centre alternative to the Conservatives, as opposed to the centrist (or even left-of-centre) party that many people believed it to be.

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