John Redwood MP sparks Twitter debate after Question TimeBy Victoria Smith
March 09, 2012
The borough’s MP sparked a Twitter debate last week when he appeared on the BBC’s Question Time discussing planned reforms to the NHS.
John Redwood joined a panel on the debate show where he said response from his Wokingham constituency on the Health Bill had been quiet, suggesting there was little opposition.
He has since received multiple emails on the Health Bill, which has proposals including increasing GP powers in a bid to cut NHS administration costs. However none are from the Wokingham electorate.
He wrote on his blog this week: “If any constituent does wish me to consider objections to the Bill or wants me to take matters up with Mr Lansley, I remain as always very happy to do so and will reply personally to you as I always do.
“I would be grateful for you to include your address so I can see you are a constituent.
“The remaining non-constituency emails mainly confirm that there are opponents of the Bill, as we know from polls, media interviews and other communications.
“I have never denied that there are opponents to the legislation.
“I have always encouraged discussion and negotiations between Ministers and NHS executives and medical staff to seek to get this right and to work harmoniously together.”
The debate aired on Thursday, March 1, and Mr Redwood also contributed to debate on the 50p tax rate, speaking out in favour of dropping the rate to 40p.
Historian David Starkey was chastised by presenter David Dimbleby when he said Mr Redwood was “beamed in from outer space” during the debate.