10th Dec, 2019

Lib Dems choose Yellowhammer doctor to stand at next general election

Tristan Harris 3rd Oct, 2019 Updated: 3rd Oct, 2019

A RENOWNED Hagley doctor who slammed the Government’s no-deal Brexit plans for pharmaceuticals has been selected as the Liberal Democrats’ Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bromsgrove if a snap general election is held.

Consultant neurologist Dr David Nicholl turned whistle-blower over the Government’s plans for pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Yellowhammer in April.

He was involved in a well-documented clash with leader of the house Jacob Rees-Mogg with the staunch Brexiteer apologising to Dr Nicholl.

He said: “I put my career on the line to highlight the very real risks to patient safety from a chaotic no-deal Brexit.

“I took on the leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was rattled by my questioning what the mortality rate would be.”

He said the Conservative Government had some ‘very serious questions to answer’, claiming it had wasted three years since the referendum result.

“Sunlit uplands’ we were told in 2016, turns into stockpiling food and medicines in 2019.”

Dr Nicholl said it would be an honour to serve the Bromsgrove constituents at Westminster and claimed the Liberal Democrats were the only party which provided a positive way forward for the country.

“I helped draft Yellowhammer, and spoke out as I realised patients would be harmed.”

“I’m calling for all of those who want to help pull this country out of the mess that Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid have caused, to vote for me and vote Lib Dems at the next election.”

Janet King, chair of Bromsgrove Liberal Democrats, commenting on David Nicholl’s selection, said the party was delighted Dr Nicholl had agreed to be its PPC and was looking forward to working with Dr Nicholl in a future general election campaign.

“The local team is ready to fight a campaign based on honesty and a passion to champion what is best for our town and our country against an MP who appears to have let personal ambition obscure his vision of the prosperity he was promising when he campaigned to remain in the EU three years ago.”

Mr Javid said: “In 2016 I promised to uphold the result of the referendum, and get on with seizing the opportunities that leaving the European Union affords our country.

“Given his adopted party’s supposedly democratic values, I’m disappointed that Dr Nicholls has been unable to do the same.

“As for my vision of prosperity,

“I’m incredibly proud to belong to a Government that has driven down unemployment to its lowest rate since 1975, stimulated the fastest wage growth in in over a decade and grown the UK’s economy by 18.7 per cent since 2010 – faster than France, Italy and Japan.

“If I have any ambition, therefore, it is for my constituency and my country.

“That’s why over the past few months I’ve promised to increase school spending by £7.1billion by 2022/23, provided the cash to put 20,000 more police officers on our streets and committed to ending low pay once and for all by increasing the National Living Wage.

“I believe that my record speaks for itself.”

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