Faced with an uninspiring candidate at the Corby by-election, Labour’s campaign manager Ian Austin – not a man well versed with the truth – hyped up the mythical threat of closure to Kettering Hospital. When it was pointed out by the NHS that the hospital was in fact not going to close, the “Save the Hospital” spin campaign was heavily watered down. So, just how much does the Labour Party care about the hospital, and how much of it was guff from Austin?
Well today possible options to downgrade some services at the hospital was debated in Parliament. Just four Labour MPs bothered to turn up. One walked out half way through and the rest just sat on their phones. All hands on deck!