More senior Labour MPs back Vote Leave Watch’s #ShowUsTheMoney campaign

More senior Labour MPs have added their support to the campaign calling on the Chancellor to commit to keep Vote Leave’s promise to spend an extra £350 million a week on the NHS.

Margaret Hodge, Liz Kendall and Shabana Mahmood have joined 41 other MPs who last week launched Vote Leave Watch’s #ShowUsTheMoney campaign which calls on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Statement on November 23rd to match the promise made by his Vote Leave colleagues like Boris Johnson.

Dame Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, said:

“Our NHS is facing an enormous funding crisis because of the failures and half-truths promulgated by the incompetent Tory Government over the last six years. Vote Leave’s £350m pledge would change this overnight.

“The Government must now demonstrate that they mean what they say and tell us in the Autumn Statement that they will give the NHS the extra money it desperately needs.”

Liz Kendall, MP for Leicester West, said:

“Boris Johnson and other Leave campaigners need to learn that a promise isn’t just for a referendum campaign – it’s for life.

“Now that he and other Brexiteers are in Government, they have a duty to address the funding crisis in our NHS by keeping their £350 million funding promise.”

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood, said:

“People in Birmingham and across Britain voted to leave the EU in part because they believed Vote Leave’s claims that it would create a funding boost for our NHS.

“Now it’s time for this Vote Leave-dominated Government to show us the money and give our NHS the £350 million more a week they promised.”

Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of Vote Leave Watch, said:

“It’s great to see three highly-respected Labour colleagues add their support to our #ShowUsTheMoney campaign.

“The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Brexit means Brexit. So Brexit must mean an extra £350 million a week for the NHS, as her cabinet colleagues like Boris Johnson claimed repeatedly.

“We will spend the coming weeks trying to get the Chancellor to commit to this Vote Leave promise.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

The original letter and list of 41 Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green MP signatories is below:

“Dear Chancellor

“We believe in a Britain with an excellent, well-funded public sector that provides a world-class service to the British people, pays its hard-working staff well and treats them with respect.

“This was the vision of Britain promised by your cabinet colleagues who campaigned for a Leave vote in the EU referendum. Vote Leave promised that, if Britain left the EU, £350m a week extra would be spent on the NHS. They travelled the country in a bus which said: “We send the EU £350 million a week let’s fund our NHS instead.” In the press conference suite at their London headquarters, a large sign read: “Let’s give our NHS the £350 million the EU takes every week.”

“The Foreign Secretary, the Secretary of State for International Trade, the Secretary of State for the Environment, the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for International Development all appeared in photo opportunities featuring these messages. They made a very clear promise to the British people, and it is clear that a very large number of people believed this promise.

“In your speech to Conservative Party Conference earlier this month, you said that the message of the referendum result had been “received, loud and clear” by the government. Members of the government talk of the “mandate” from the voters for Brexit.

“We accept the verdict of the British people. Yet it is clear that, if this mandate is to mean anything, it must include the single most visible promise of the Leave campaign – spending £350 million more a week on the NHS.

“In just under a month, you will present your first Autumn Statement. We are calling on you to commit to increase national NHS spending by £350 million a week – that is £18.2 billion a year – as soon as this money becomes available by leaving the European Union. This additional funding must be over and above the amount that is currently planned to be spent on the National Health Service.

“Anything else will be a betrayal of the wishes of the British people. We challenge you, when you stand up in the House of Commons on November 23rd, to show us the money and commit to Vote Leave’s promise; or explain why you cannot, and why your cabinet colleagues so cynically misled the British people.”

Yours sincerely,

Chuka Umunna, Chair of Vote Leave Watch
Tom Brake, Patron of Vote Leave Watch
Norman Lamb, Patron of Vote Leave Watch
Emma Reynolds, Patron of Vote Leave Watch
 
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