Tories send 16 MPs to borderline seat

PUBLISHED: 12:31 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 August 2010

THE National Health Service was the top issue on residents minds when a small army of Conservative MPs descended on a marginal Labour seat.

THE National Health Service was the top issue on residents' minds when a small army of Conservative MPs descended on a marginal Labour seat.

Sixteen shadow ministers and MPs visited Eltham on Monday to knock on doors and tell residents why they thought the constituency should change from red to blue.

Tory Parliamentary candidate David Gold assured the press this was not a publicity stunt.

He said: "People's faith in politics and politicians has never been lower and I am determined to restore the connection between voters and those who represent them.

"It has been a key part of my campaign since 2006 to invite shadow ministers to Eltham to hear the views of local people who, for too long, have felt ignored.

"It's vital that those who take decisions at Westminster fully understand the challenges people in this constituency face on a daily basis, whether it's living in fear due to rising violent crime or increasing unemployment."

Justine Greening MP, Shadow Minister for London and Tory General Election co-ordinator as of last Tuesday, said the NHS was the number one issue on the doorstep in Eltham.

Despite this, she still could not assure the Times, that the Tories would keep the A&E at Queen Mary's, Sidcup (QMS) open.

She said: "Lord Ashcroft hasn't come up once. The top three things that people go to bed worrying about are their jobs, health and families."

In regards to the closure of QMS' A&E, she re-iterated the Conservatives long-held policy of imposing a moratorium on the changes.

She added: "We do not know how these changes are being done - the process has got to stop until we know what is driving these changes."

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