Local Doctor to contest Eastleigh by-election

Dr Iain MaclennanThe National Health Action Party has endorsed a local doctor, public health expert and former navy medical officer Dr Iain Maclennan as their candidate to contest the Eastleigh by-election.

Dr Maclennan, aged 54, lives in Bursledon, in the borough of Eastleigh. He has just retired from the NHS after serving as GP for some years and more recently as a consultant in public health with the local Hampshire Primary Care Trust. He also served 10 years in the Royal Navy.

Iain says;

“If I am elected, I will be a champion for the constant improvement of the NHS.

“I will work to publicise all the perks and allowances that MPs get and promote better value alternatives.

“And I give a commitment to debate major issues in the local media, public meetings and social media before voting rather than blindly following a mainstream party whip.”

Since becoming active in politics in 2005, Iain has stood as a Green Party candidate in council elections and had been selected as the Green party’s parliamentary candidate for Eastleigh, until it decided not to contest this by-election.

Personally committed to defending the NHS, Iain then accepted the National Health Action party’s invitation to stand as their candidate.

Joint Party leader Dr Richard Taylor has warmly endorsed the new candidate, saying:

“I am delighted Iain has agreed to stand as the NHA candidate for the Eastleigh by-election. His wide experience of the NHS and health care issues will make him an ideal MP to fight for the preservation of the original ideals of the NHS and for the rights of the disadvantaged.

“The voters of Eastleigh now have a genuine choice – between the sleazy politics of the mainstream parties once again jockeying for position, parties which between them have set the NHS on a course for fragmentation, divisive competition, privatisation and continuing cutbacks: or a new party which rejects this approach and offers a commitment to restore, defend and improve the NHS and public services.”

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

  1 comment for “Local Doctor to contest Eastleigh by-election

  1. Rod
    February 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Just what is needed – a candidate prepared to represent the priorities of ordinary people and not those of the money-grabbing careerists in the party political elite.

    Good luck to Iain. Let’s have government by the people, for the people.

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