Join the Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill and thousands of other NHS campaigners at the national demonstration 4th March 2017 – 12 pm Tavistock Square.
PLEASE NOTE: This page was written prior to the General Election in May 2017. The information below is provided for historical interest only, and may refer to individuals that were MPs prior to the 2017 General Election.
On 13th July 2016, the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented in the House of Commons, by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West.
The 11 named supporters of the Bill consisted of 9 Labour MPs, plus one Green and one Lib Dem – but sadly no SNP MPs (who are supporters of the Bill) – as follows:
- Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion
- Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central
- Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow
- Nic Dakin, Labour MP for Scunthorpe
- Peter Dowd, Labour MP for Bootle
- Mike Kane, Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East
- Liz McInnes, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton
- Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South East
- Marie Rimmer, Labour MP for St Helens and Whiston
- Stephen Twigg, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby
- John Pugh, Lib Dem MP for Southport
Does your MP support the NHS Bill? Check if their name is below, and if it is – please thank them. And if it isn’t – please ask them to demonstrate their support publicly.
The ‘I support the NHS Bill‘ posters are available online here, or Margaret Greenwood has several in her office and is very happy for any MP to come and have their photo taken.
- Labour Party
- Green Party
- Liberal Democrats
- Plaid Cymru
- Scottish National Party
- Conservatives (there are currently no Conservative MPs supporting the NHS Bill)
If you think names should be added (or removed) from this list, please tweet us @nhsbillnow or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Diane Abbott||Hackney North and Stoke Newington|
|Dave Anderson||Blaydon||Supporter of the NHS Bill|
|Roberta Blackman-Woods||City of Durham|
|Dawn Butler||Brent Central||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
|Ronnie Campbell||Blyth Valley||Supporter of the NHS Bill|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015)
|Stella Creasey||Walthamstow||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
|Nicholas Dakin||Scunthorpe||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)
|Peter Dowd||Bootle||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
|Angela Eagle||Wallasey||Supporter of the NHS Bill|
|Mary Glindon||North Tyneside|
|Roger Godsiff||Birmingham, Hall Green||Supporter of the NHS Bill|
|Margaret Greenwood||Wirral West||Main NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
|Carolyn Harris||Swansea East|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)|
|Mike Kane||Wythenshawe and Sale East||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
|Emma Lewell-Buck||South Shields|
|Clive Lewis||Norwich South|
|Rob Marris||Wolverhampton South West||NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)|
|Rachael Maskell||York Central|
|Chris Matheson||City of Chester|
|John McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)|
|Liz McInnes||Heywood and Middleton||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
|Grahame Morris||Easington||Supporter of the NHS Bill
|Melanie Onn||Great Grimsby|
|Yasmin Qureshi||Bolton South East|
|Jonathan Reynolds||Stalybridge & Hyde|
|Marie Rimmer||St Helens South and Whiston||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
|Cat Smith||Lancaster and Fleetwood||NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)|
|Emily Thornberry||Islington South and Finsbury||Supporter of the NHS Bill|
|Jon Trickett||Hemsworth||Supporter of the NHS Bill|
|Stephen Twigg||Liverpool, West Derby||NHS Bill sponsor (2016-2017)|
Green Party MPs
The Green Party as a whole supports the NHS Bill.
|Caroline Lucas||Brighton Pavilion||Main NHS Bill sponsor (both on 11 March 2015 and for the 2015-2016 Bill).
Liberal Democrat MPs
|John Pugh||Southport||NHS Bill sponsor for all three presentations of the Bill (11 March 2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017)|
|Hywel Williams||Arfon||NHS Bill sponsor (both on 11 March 2015 and for the 2015-2016 Bill).|
Scottish National Party (and ex-SNP Independent)
The SNP as a whole supports the NHS Bill. Since her election in 2015, Dr Philippa Whitford, their Health Spokesperson in Westminster has consistently and vocally backed the Bill.
|Richard Arkless||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Mhairi Black||Paisley and Renfrewshire South|
|Ian Blackford||Skye and Lochaber|
|Kirsty Blackman||Aberdeen North|
|Phil Boswell||Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill|
|Deidre Brock||Edinburgh North and Leith|
|Alan Brown||Kilmarnock and Loudoun|
|Lisa Cameron||East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow|
|Douglas Chapman||Dunfermline and West Fife|
|Joanna Cherry||Edinburgh South West|
|Angela Crawley||Lanark and Hamilton East|
|Martyn Day||Linlithgow and East Falkirk|
|Martin Docherty||West Dunbartonshire|
|Stuart Donaldson||West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine|
|Marion Fellows||Motherwell and Wishaw|
|Margaret Ferrier||Rutherglen and Hamilton West|
|Stephen Gethins||North East Fife|
|Patricia Gibson||North Ayrshire and Arran|
|Patrick Grady||Glasgow North|
|Neil Gray||Airdrie and Shotts|
|Drew Hendry||Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey|
|Stewart Hosie||Dundee East||Joined in photoshoot for the first NHS Bill in 2015 to show his support.|
|George Kerevan||East Lothian|
|Calum Kerr||Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk|
|Chris Law||Dundee West|
|Angus MacNeil||Na h-Eileanan an Iar|
|Callum McCaig||Aberdeen South|
|Stuart McDonald||Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East|
|Stewart McDonald||Glasgow South|
|Natalie McGarry||Glasgow East|
|Anne McLaughlin||Glasgow North East|
|Paul Monaghan||Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross|
|Carol Monaghan||Glasgow North West|
|Roger Mullin||Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath|
|Gavin Newlands||Paisley and Renfrewshire North|
|John Nicolson||East Dunbartonshire|
|Brendan O’Hara||Argyll and Bute|
|Kirsten Oswald||East Renfrewshire|
|Tasmina Sheikh||Ochil and South Perthshire|
|Tommy Sheppard||Edinburgh East|
|Chris Stephens||Glasgow South West|
|Alison Thewliss||Glasgow Central|
|Corri Wilson||Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock|
|Eilidh Whiteford||Banff and Buchan||NHS Bill sponsor (11 March 2015 and 2015-2016)|
|Philippa Whitford||Ayrshire||NHS Bill sponsor (2015-2016)
|Pete Wishart||Perth and North Perthshire|
|Michelle Thomson||Edinburgh West Independent (resigned SNP whip in Sept 2015)|
No Conservative MPs have stated support for the NHS Bill.
With thanks to Nicola Hippisley for photography.
All Labour MPs are invited to take part in a group photo to show their support for the NHS Bill, organised by Margaret Greenwood MP.
10.30am on 22nd February 2017 at New Palace Yard, outside Westminster Hall.
Please ask your MP to show their support.
The Bill is so far down the list for its scheduled 2nd reading of the NHS Bill on 24th February 2017 it is unlikely to be debated so we are not asking MPs to be there. The photo shoot is therefore vital to demonstrate their support.
The NHS Bill, presented by Margaret Greenwood MP (Labour, Wirral West), was scheduled for its Second Reading in Parliament on 4th November 2016.
Campaigners met outside the House of Commons in a rally of support. Over 100 individuals attended the non-stop rally – some went, some came. All got wet.
Allyson Pollock and Peter Roderick – co-authors of the NHS Bill – spoke to the campaigners, and Margaret Greenwood MP wrote a statement of support while she had to remain in the chamber.
The great turn-out outside the House of Commons was not matched by action inside, as the NHS Bill debate was postponed until Friday 24th February 2017.
The campaign continues. Please ask your MP to support the NHS Bill.
For a full picture – here’s a great compilation of many of the speakers at the rally (18 mins)
A big thank you to (take a deep breath) – Cornwall KONP, Ealing Save Our NHS, Fighting4GranthamA&E, Green Party (Bromley) with Larry Saunders, Green Party Health Spokesperson, Greenwich KONP, Hackney KONP, Hands Off Our Horton, Health Campaigns Together, KONP national, Lambeth KONP, Momentum, Oxfordshire KONP, Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign, Save Our Hospitals – Hammersmith & Charing Cross, Save Our NHS, Save Wantage Hospital, South West London KONP, Sussex Defend Our NHS, Tower Hamlets KONP and all other individuals who came to support the NHS Bill.
On 13th July 2016, the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented in the House of Commons, by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West. The full text of the Bill – called the National Health Service Bill – was published on 28th October 2016.
“We are delighted that Margaret Greenwood is taking the NHS Reinstatement Bill forward, with cross party support. The continued destruction of the NHS in England under Simon Stevens’ plans will not stop without a new law restoring it to the founding principles.”
Peter Roderick, co-author of the NHS Reinstatement Bill
The NHS Bill is scheduled for to be debated – its ‘second reading’ – on 4th November 2016. It is fourth on the list of business for the day, so we do not expect there to be much, if any, time available for discussion. Whatever happens on the day, the campaign for the NHS Bill will continue.
It is important that we continue to keep the pressure on MPs of all parties to support the NHS Bill. You can help by:
- Add your name to the petition calling on MPs to back the NHS Bill
- Contact your MP asking them to support the NHS Bill. It is best to do this in your own words – but Momentum NHS have provided a tool on their website that you may find helpful.
- Show your support outside parliament on 4th November. Keep our NHS Public and Health Campaigns together are organising a rally from 11am to 1pm.
Diane Abbott, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, used her speech at the Labour Party conference to explicitly state support for the NHS Reinstatement Bill.
“Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership the Labour Party will be committed to halting and reversing the tide of privatisation and marketisation of the NHS. The Health and Social Care Act has fragmented the system, making it so much easier for the private sector to move in.
Conference, Labour in government will repeal the Health and Social Care Act. This means returning our NHS to what is was originally conceived as: a publically owned, publically funded, publically accountable universal service as outlined in the NHS Reinstatement Bill now being expertly piloted through Parliament by my colleague Margaret Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, with the support of the Labour leadership.“
Diane Abbott, Shadow Secretary of State for Health.
Labour Party Conference, 27 September 2016
You can watch her whole speech below. The section relating to the NHS Bill starts at around 7m and 40sec.
The Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill warmly welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment as leader of the Labour Party to reverse the privatisation and marketisation of the NHS in England. This is a significant moment in three years of campaigning for legislation to reinstate the NHS which Jeremy, John McDonnell and a small number of Labour MPs have backed in the Commons alongside cross-party support from Green, SNP, Lib Dem and Plaid Cymru MPs. It is now essential that this commitment becomes official Labour Party policy.
Professor Allyson Pollock, co-author of the NHS Reinstatement Bill said:
“I am heartened by Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to introduce legislation similar to the NHS Reinstatement Bill in order to end the systematic privatisation and marketisation of the NHS in England over many years and to reduce and end the burden of the private finance initiative. I also fully support the restoration of bursaries for student nurses. Improving public health and reducing inequalities will not happen while public funds are diverted to shareholders of private companies away from patient care and staff.”
On 13th July 2016, the NHS Reinstatement Bill was successfully presented in the House of Commons, by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West, with its second reading scheduled for 4th November 2016. Read more here.