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MPs vote for Clive's Bill and deal a blow to Tory NHS privatisation

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Labour scored a decisive victory in the fight to save the NHS yesterday as MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of Clive's private members bill to halt privatisation of our NHS.

Not a single senior minister turned up to Parliament to defend the government’s Health and Social Care Act in the face of Clive's bill.

In a passionate speech Clive explained that if private companies were allowed to continue to cherry pick health services, then the capacity of the NHS to provide a comprehensive health system would be destroyed and the NHS would become "just a patchwork of contracted-out services, and that will put us at the mercy of the private sector."

In the end only 18 MPs voted against the Bill whilst 241 supported Clive.

Health workers watching from the public gallery leapt and cheered as the result was revealed.

Speaking after the vote Clive explained that he was delighted result but that it was clear "our fight isn’t over."

“Now we need to pressure the government to make sure that they take the Bill straight to committee and do not use delay tactics to try to stall its passage through Parliament,” he said.

To see a full record of Clive's speech then please click here.

To see a full copy of Clive’s Bill then please click here.

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