• Debating the NHS and Palestine

    Commons debate on Government NHS failure

    On Wednesday Parliament had its first chance since the summer to debate the crisis in the NHS.  For me it was an opportunity to update  a wider audience on the situation in west London, where we are not only undergoing the biggest hospital closure programme in the history of the NHS but are widely seen as a guinea pig for the rest of the country were the present Government re-elected.

  • Tory Minister forces through compulsory purchase of Shepherds Bush Market

    Breaking news - Tory Minister forces through compulsory purchase of Shepherds Bush Market

    The shopkeepers and stall holders of Shepherds Bush Market have been fighting a long-running campaign against property developer Orion to preserve their shops and businesses.

    In an outrageous attempt to replace the 100 year-old market, housing for vulnerable people and the small shops on Goldhawk Road with luxury flats, the previous Tory council acted as agent for the developer.  They assembled the land, gave planning permission for over 200 flats none of which was affordable and even tried compulsory purchase (CPO) of the businesses that would not shift. 

  • Andy calls for new public consultation into west London healthcare

    Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter has called for a full public consultation into healthcare changes in west London

  • Anyone for Tennis?

    Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter opens new tennis courts at Brook Green

  • Men United sign up Andy Slaughter MP

    Andy Slaughter MP and Bill Bailey backing prostate cancer awareness campaign

    Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter and top comedian Bill Bailey have joined forces to support a campaign to end the inequalities men with prostate cancer face. Andy became the latest MP to join the fight after speaking with campaigners at the Labour Party conference in Manchester last week. 

  • Two A&Es closed in west London this week

    Two A&Es closed in west London this week – but the fight to save our NHS goes on

    Wednesday was a black day  for the health service in west London as Cameron and Hunt went ahead with the closure of Hammersmith & Central Middlesex A&E departments.  As revealed by the Evening Standard on Wednesday the closures are happening as Imperial – the Trust that runs Hammersmith, Charing Cross and St Mary’s – is making losses of almost £2 million a month, confirming suspicions that they are needed to balance the books. 

  • Turn Up Save Lives

    Andy Slaughter MP has supported a Private Member’s Bill (PMB) which would enshrine in law the UK’s commitment to give 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance. 

    The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill which had its Second Reading on 12th September in the House of Commons. The Bill is originally a Labour initiative, completing a course set by the last Labour Government, and as such the Labour Party support it now. 

    You can learn more about the campaign here at

  • Protest grows over hospital closures

    Gone are the days when summer was a period for rest and relaxation. In Hammersmith the busy people at Imperial NHS Trust, on the instructions of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, have been pushing full steam ahead with their plans to close huge swathes of our local health service.

  • Imperial march on towards A&E closure plan

    Closing A&E departments is never going to be popular, but the way this week’s decisions on the future of west London hospital services was taken was also insulting and misleading.

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