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BBC: Lib Dems: Party activists reject holding NHS protest vote
The party voted at its spring conference in Gateshead not to take an emergency motion urging the withdrawal of the Health and Social Care Bill.

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And the deputy prime minister said of the amended bill: "If I felt it was privatising the NHS or tearing it limb from limb, it would never have seen the light of day."

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Business secretary Vince Cable told the BBC: "We recognise reform has to happen. There are still a few issues to address, but by and large reforms that the party argued for have now been met."

It was "very difficult" to see why any Lib Dems should now object, he added.

Mr Clegg said earlier on Saturday that he believed members would be "comforted" by the large number of amendments made to the bill since it was originally published.

"I think it's a really good thing that Liberal Democrats worry as much as we do about something as precious as the NHS," he said.

"I think it would be a dereliction of duty if we didn't really really examine hard whether the changes we've introduced in the NHS are the right ones."

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Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said support for the Lib Dems was now at an "all-time low".

He added: "The party faces a bleak future of slammed doors at election time, and wipe-out at the ballot box...

"It is electoral suicide for Lib Dems to support this Bill and ignore the overwhelming opposition from the medical profession, patients, unions and the public."



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2012 at 12:19:18 PM EST
It is electoral suicide for Lib Dems to support this Bill

Is it possible to commit suicide if you're already dead?

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2012 at 02:59:46 PM EST
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They are not dead. They are un-dead. Perhaps this will attract someone with a stake, or whatever works on zombies.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2012 at 04:16:46 PM EST
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Figures are that only 17% of people who identify as supporters and 9% of people who voted for them at the last general election support them on this.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2012 at 03:01:54 PM EST
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The Lib Dem conference and the NHS Bill | Abetternhs's Blog

Here are some resources for the Lib Dem conference written by journalists, academics and doctors.

Media: Please contact: Ian Willmore (media)              07887 641344             willmorei@live.co.uk
AN ANALYSIS OF THE LETTER SENT BY NICK CLEGG AND BARONESS WILLIAMS TO LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MEMBERS (27/2/12)

PDF version: LDconf letter

(The full letter is printed in italics, followed by responses to the points raised)



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2012 at 06:23:42 PM EST
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It will be rather hard for them to claim that they did not know what the bill would do, not that that would stop them from trying.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Mar 10th, 2012 at 11:55:38 PM EST
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Well there are reports that several people voted against to spite Andy Burnham the Labour health secretary, and the  higher ups in the party has been saying that a vote against the health bill is a vote for the labour party

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Mar 11th, 2012 at 09:06:39 AM EST
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