Keeping to his election promise to find out the truth about plans for Kettering General Hospital, the new MP for Corby and East Northants, Andy Sawford, asked a question about possible cuts to its services in the House of Commons on Tuesday (November 27).
His query was answered by Daniel Poulter, the Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Mr Poulter said: “I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question, and I welcome him to the House and congratulate him on his victory in the recent Corby by-election. I think he has already admitted on the record that there was a lot of scaremongering during the by-election campaign about the NHS locally. One of the main reasons for concerns about the NHS is the indebtedness of many hospitals in the east of England region, because of the record of the previous Government, who signed many of them up to private finance initiative deals. I will restate for the record once again today that, as I understand it, A and E and maternity services at Kettering at the moment are safe, and there is no consultation directly on the table at the moment. He should make sure he gets his facts right before he raises questions in the House.”
Today (Wednesday, November 28) Mr Sawford was given a select committee post. He will sit on the communities and local government select committee, replacing Heidi Alexander.