Imtiaz Ameen: “NHS is in good condition.”

Imtiaz Ameen, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Batley and Spen, 2015.
Imtiaz Ameen, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Batley and Spen, 2015.
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A parliamentary candidate courted controversy when he claimed the NHS was in “good condition” at a hustings debate last night.

Conservative candidate for Batley and Spen Imtiaz Ameen was responsing to a question about the future of Dewsbury and District Hospital in the meeting at the Al Hikmah centre last night.

He said: “Having a Labour government talk about how to fund the NHS is like having an alcoholic lecture you on the effects of alcohol abuse.

“We (Conservatives) have spent an extra £12.7bn on the NHS – as a result, the NHS is in good condition.”

He was then met with cries of “how dare you”, as the audience reacted angrily to his claims.

He then accused Labour of “scarermongering” over Dewsbury and District Hospital, and said that the hospital’s A&E department was not downgraded.

Full story of last night’s hustings to folllow.