PRESS RELEASE to local press this week. Why Brian May is backing Louise Irvine – and why Hunt could be facing a Portillo moment
Queen legend Brian May has been talking about why he is backing Dr Louise Irvine, the National health Action Party’s candidate for SW Surrey, in her bid to unseat Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Recently the pair met at his Surrey home in Windlesham where Brian intervewed Louise as part of his Common Decency campaign [http://www.commondecency.org.uk/] in which he is supporting candidates that people should be voting for if they want to bring about real change in politics and parliament. A video of the interview was recently released. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N-Tup6n5MU&edit=vd]
Brian May said:
It was a pleasure to welcome Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party to my Surrey home last week. I’m supporting Louise as part of my newly launched Common Decency campaign. I started the Common Decency campaign because I’ve been angered by the way the government has refused to listen to people: from the NHS to the badger cull they have used spin and deceit to push through policies which harm people, animals and the world we live in. We believe it’s time for the people to reclaim democracy. We ask people to be “colour blind” as they vote in the polling booths at the next election. We will ask them to vote for an individual who they believe will act honestly and accountably in their interests. At the South West Surrey ballot box in May, we are backing Louise Irvine. She would be an independent MP, free to represent the interests of her constituents without having to toe a party line. She would help make democracy more direct by involving her constituents in the vital decisions that impact on their lives, underpinned by strong values, compassion and openness.
After meeting Brian, Dr Irvine said:
I am honoured and delighted by the endorsement from Brian and his Common Decency campaign. I was so impressed by Brian’s commitment to enabling democratic change. He recognizes the current system is broken, with massive disengagement and disillusion with the main parties and a real yearning for change. People are fed up with politicians who fall to listen and who are motivated by self and party interest instead of their constituents’ interests. Common Decency is a bold attempt to help people break out of the stranglehold of the current system. If people vote for candidates, regardless of party, who they think will genuinely represent and be accountable to them, this could have a huge impact and bring us closer to having genuinely representative, honest and accountable government.
Dr Irvine is being seen by some as the main challenger to Jeremy Hunt after her odds on winning the seat were slashed to 12-1, far ahead of any of the other major parties, and after a strong showing at local hustings. She said the election result was now wide open:
I’ve been buoyed by all the incredible support I’m getting locally. I would urge local people from across the political spectrum to get behind me – and we could find ourselves on the verge of a ‘Portillo’ moment. That was when a fifteen and a half thousand Tory majority was overturned and the Conservative’s Defence Secretary, Michael Portillo suffered a shock defeat and lost his safe seat back in 1997. That’s a similar majority to Jeremy Hunt’s. Over 19 thousand people in this constituency didn’t vote at the last general election. That goes to show there’s all still to play for in this election. As Brian May says, there’s no such thing as a safe seat.