Tamworth Conservatives Call on Labour Party to Come Clean over Missing Hospital Petition

CCG report to SCC Health CommitteeTamworth Conservatives are calling on the Labour Party to open an investigation after a petition run by a Labour County Councillor was not handed to the CCG.

Carol Dean, who was also Labours candidate in the General Election organised a petition against changes at Tamworth Hospital minor injuries unit.

The Labour councillor claimed to have ran a high profile campaign against changes to hospital services.

Her Twitter profile also carries pictures of her and many Labour activist and Councillors collecting signatures on the petition, both before and after the General Election.

However, it has emerged that, according to the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups report to Staffordshire County Councils Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee on 19th January 2016, that no petition was presented by Tamworth Labour Party representatives.

The report even says that the CCG even tried to contact Carol Dean to get it handed in.

Cllr Andrew James, Tamworth Borough Council’s representative on the committee that heard the report said, “Councillors heard that a petition was presented to the CCG and there were aware of one from Tamworth Labour Party, but it has not been given to the CCG.

“What has happened to it and how, even after being chased by the CCG, can Carol Dean fail to hand it in. If I signed this petition I would be asking the Labour party serious questions.”

The issue has sparked widespread concern at Tamworth Borough Council. Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Conservatives said, “It’s shocking that someone would run a high profile campaign and then forget to hand in the petition.

“Where is the petition, has Carol Dean lost it or did she never intend to hand it in. This needs an investigation and Labour need to come clean. It’s like the “Ed Stone” saga all over again.”

Tamworth Conservatives have also raised more concerns about any personal data on the petition forms that was written by its signatories.

Cllr Pritchard added, “We will be referring this matter to the Information Commissioners Office because if this petition is lost or was collected under false pretences then it constitutes a serious breach of data protection laws.”

The full report from the CCG can be found here.

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