IN something of a shock move, Conservative MP for South Devon Dr Sarah Wollaston told the BBC on June 8 that she had decided to quit the Leave Group and will instead vote to Remain in the EU and then tweeted “Having listened carefully to both sides of the debate, I believe our NHS & research will be safer if Britain remains in the EU.”
Dr Wollaston, a former GP and current chairperson of the health select committee, said Vote Leave’s claim that a Brexit would free up £350 million (€437 million) a week for the NHS “simply isn’t true” although a representative of the Vote Leave group insisted that the figure is correct.
Dr Wollaston told the BBC: “The consensus now is there would be a huge economic shock if we voted to leave, undoubtedly, the thing that’s most going to influence the financial health of the NHS is the background economy. So I think there would be a Brexit penalty.”
Clearly this was seen as good news by David Cameron who saw her decision as a “powerful intervention.”
To balance things slightly, former Conservative defence minister Sir John Nott, who famously but unsuccessfully used D-Notices and censorship during the Falklands War to supress negative news, is now reported to have suspended his membership of the Conservative Party due to the ‘scaremongering’ of David Cameron in the media.