IT was reported recently in a national tabloid that if the UKIP results of the two recent by-elections, in Clacton and Manchester, are repeated nationally at the next General Election, then Hartlepool’s MP Iain Wright would be in real danger of losing his seat to a UK Independence Party candidate.
I really hope that happens to him.
This is for a number of reasons, but the biggest one by far is the running-down of the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
I can still remember when he first stood for election.
We had Tony Blair and the then Health Secretary, John Reid, up here campaigning for him.
They both said that there were no plans to close our hospital.
What happened when their boy got in?
Suddenly there was a change of that policy.
And we then got the slow but inevitable decline in our hospital, to the point it is now just a big One Life Hartlepool, and looks certain to shut in the not too distant future. What did Mr Wright do?
Did he shout from the roof tops that this was wrong?
No, I can’t recall that happening.
Did he say to his leadership buddies who recently told us that this was not planned, that unless the closure policy was reversed he would resign as an MP and force a by-election?
At the time, this would have been a serious blow to the Labour Party, so they would have listened. No, he didn’t.
Maybe he didn’t fancy getting off the gravy train he had just boarded!
I seem to recall that the gravy train has been quite lucrative for him and his family as he has, in the past, employed his wife in his constituency office.
To facilitate Iain Wright’s demise as an MP might I, therefore, suggest that the Hartlepool Conservatives decide not to put up a candidate at the next General Election.
If they are brutally honest with themselves, they know they won’t win against Labour. But, by letting UKIP have a clear run at him, he will be gone!
Good riddance I say.