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Health minister Ann Keen loses seat to Conservatives


Health minister Ann Keen has lost her Brentford and Isleworth seat to the Conservatives.

Her defeat means the whole of the Labour health team, apart from health secretary Andy Burnham, has been ousted.

Her Conservative opponent, Mary Macleod, polled almost 2,000 more votes. Ms Macleod said voters cast their ballots for a “change to the way we do politics”.

Health minister Mike O’Brien lost at Warwickshire North to Conservative candidate Dan Byles, who secured a majority of just 54.

Care services minister Phil Hope lost to Tory Louise Bagshawe, who won with 22,886 votes compared with Mr Hope’s 20,935.

Public health minister Gillian Merron received 16,105 votes, but it was not enough to beat Tory Karl McCartney who won 17,163.

Health secretary Andy Burnham held his Leigh seat with 24,295 votes to the Conservatives’ 9,284.

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Readers' comments (5)

  • I'm sure she'll be fine - she has plenty of time to spend all those expenses she and her husband claimed

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  • Phil Dup

    Ha ha I agree Mr Al - she and her husband claimed more in expenses over the last few years than I will ever make via a normal wage for the rest of my life. Its great that she's been dumped from Parliament but I just wish we could strip her clean of all that money she has claimed from the hard working British Taxpayer over the years. The woman is scum pure and simple.

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  • Thank god for that! Good riddance to this useless woman!

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  • I for one would not want to see a tory health secretary. One Governor of my foundation trust, a former tory prospective MP is on record as saying that he is all for competition in the NHS - That is to privatise it. I would'nt want to work for an unfair system. The present one isn't perfect, but better than private!!!!

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  • Phil Dup

    In response to :
    "Bryan Dicker | 10-May-2010 5:19 pm
    I for one would not want to see a tory health secretary."

    Think about the logic of your statement - are you saying all conservative MP's are money grubbing?
    Ann Keen is Labour but she is still a disgusting money grubbing expense account filching leech on the taxpayer - just google the term 'Ann Keen Expenses' .
    HOWEVER Ann Widdicombe is a Conservative but she did not claim any expenses....maybe because she had an inbuilt sense of honour and fair play . Look at the PERSON not the LABEL....aint that what you should be doing assuming you are a Nurse ?

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