Election 2015 debate
Nik made a barnstorming series of pledges including a passionate address about Hinchinbrooke Hospital which led one lifelong Tory to publicly announce she will vote for Nik. Nik gained by far the most applause of any of the candidates throughout the evening, and forcefully announced Labour pledges on the economy and infrastructure, jobs, living wages, housing and education.
Excerpts from the Hunts Post coverage of the Hustings event at Huntingdon Regional College on Thursday April 16th.
The Hunts Post report is really a summary of Nik’s words, slightly corrected below. Hear the real thing in this 30 second video link.
“I am English. British and
also European. We get more benefit
from being part of the EU, than
negatives. We benefitted from the
EU working time directive and it’s
only because of the EU that
junior doctors are not falling asleep
on the job due to working hours regulations.
A referendum is not a priority
of a Labour government so much
as the economy and NHS. If there
is a significant
change in the arrangement. then
there would be a referendum.”
Dr Nik Johnson made a
pledge to bring about higher
living standards for families.
“Labour will freeze energy bills
and challenge the big six energy
companies and force hills down.
By 2ll9 the minimum wage will
be increased to £10 and there will
be an increase in the level of free
“Housing and growth is a
good sign that the area is improving
ins. we need more housing and real
meaningful jobs. Our focus would
be on education, education, education.
We need more independent shops
and co-operatives on the High
Street and the development of art
installations and a café culture.
And why don’t we make more of
the Oliver Cromwell connection in
“The growing elderly popu-
lation does present challenges.
especially increasing health
needs. I am very proud of our
NHS. We need to invest and
increase the number of nurses.
doctors and carers.”
“There’s no one on this
panel that knows Hinchingbrooke
Hospital better than I. We have a
funding deficit at Hinchingbrooke
of £12m. With Peterborough and
Addenbrooke’s, three hospitals
are wanting to provide acute care.
Hinchingbrooke will be targeted.
NHS needs more funding. Money
from the mansion tax will be put in to
NHS. I will make sure the level of
service remains the same. At the
top of my list is saving all services
at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.”
(hear some of Nik’s actual words here)