A RENOWNED Hagley doctor and Bromsgrove Liberal Democrat candidate for the forthcoming general election has vowed his party would ‘stop the Brexit mess’ if his party came to power.
Consultant neurologist Dr David Nicholl turned whistle-blower over the Government’s plans for pharmaceuticals as part of Operation Yellowhammer in April and put his career on the line to highlight the real risks to patient safety he feels a no-deal Brexit would bring.
He was involved in a well-documented clash with leader of the house Jacob Rees-Mogg with the staunch Brexiteer apologising to Dr Nicholl.
At the launch of his campaign this week he said the £2billion spent on no deal plans could have paid for six new hospitals.
“If Brexit was a drug, it would be banned from use tomorrow for the harm it has already caused.”
And after Article 50 was withdrawn he added: “We can all then get on with Christmas and start tackling the big issues in our area, whether that be the lack of funding for our NHS, the Climate Emergency or the lack of affordable housing.
“I cannot do this on my own, but as a team – anything is possible with the passion of TeamNicholl, to build a better future.”
A campaign video by Dr Nicholl, explaining why he was standing, was also screened at the launch.
He highlighted leader Jo Swinson’s £50billion Remain Bonus for public services, criticised the Conservatives over Brexit and slammed Labour over its £196billion renationalisation plans which he called an ‘expensive fudge’.
To deal with the climate crisis he said the Liberal Democrat policy was to make new homes zero carbon by 2021, cut almost all emissions by 2030 and ensure the UK was net zero by 2045.
Tackling the education crisis would be done by creating a £17billion infrastructure fund to expand and modernise schools and hospitals so children could learn in well maintained, modern schools.
The early years premium would also be tripled to £1,000 to give children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds the best start in life.
And on the healthcare system he said an extra penny on the pound on income tax would help properly fund the NHS and social care.
He added afterwards: “I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and the passion in the room of a different kind of politics rather than the tired old ding dong of the Conservatives and Labour who are leading us nowhere.
“I would be honoured to serve Bromsgrove as their Member of Parliament.”