AFTER the expenses scandal that both of our Harrow Labour MPs were involved with, the public would be right to expect more ethical behaviour from their politicians.
This is a basic requirement for doctors, and should also be for those who control the purse strings and decision making in the NHS.
I was, therefore, quite frankly horrified when I received a phone call from a Harrow resident this week. She is a breast cancer sufferer in her 80s. She received a letter through the post from the Labour Party about another woman with breast cancer, and alongside it were nasty insinuations from the Labour Party that Conservatives would cut cancer services.
Scaring elderly ladies suffering from cancer is about as low as politics can get.
Let's get the facts right here - the NHS has some of the worst cancer survival rates in Europe. This needs to improve, and the Conservatives have committed to make us a country with one of the best cancer survival rates - which could save 100,000 lives. We have also committed to increase the budget for the NHS in real terms every year.
As a doctor and a local politician I have worked hard to secure good services for patients, including campaigning to retain the Mount Vernon Centre on our doorstep. I am currently fighting to keep the five out of eight local A&E units that are under threat from government plans, and I was the only local politician to campaign for the stroke unit at Northwick Park. These are the issues we should join together in Harrow to fight on - not frightening elderly cancer victims in the hope of securing a few votes.
DR RACHEL JOYCE
Conservative parliamentary candidate for Harrow West