Ben co-led More United’s first campaign which resulted in securing the first ever Parliamentary debate on the impact of Brexit on the NHS. Ben organised a cross-party group of MPs to make the case for the debate to an important Committee, and spoke passionately about the thousands of EU workers who have left the NHS since the Brexit vote. He also kept More United supporters updated with the campaign’s progress. He coordinated two cross-party letters to the Government asking it to urgently respond to concerns from health professionals on access to medicines, and NHS concerns about the lack of government advice for no-deal Brexit planning. (Separately, he also organised a letter from Labour party heavy-weights, including three former health ministers warning Corbyn not to neglect the NHS when considering the party’s Brexit stance.) Ben has also been vital in More United’s campaign demanding that the Government release the list of medicines to be stockpiled in the case of a no deal Brexit. Inspired by the 8,000 of us who signed the petition, he persuaded the cross-party Health Select Committee to ask the Government for this information on behalf of More United.
How More United supports Ben
Ben has been the MP for Exeter for 21 years. He has a longstanding interest in the NHS: as well as being a former Minister for Health, he has been heavily involved in the influential cross-party Health and Social Care Select Committee. He has also reached out to many health campaign groups and brexit-related campaigns encouraging both to feed information to committees and to raise the profile of this issue with MPs.