Thursday 11 March 2021 / 1:37 PM Jonathan Ashworth / NHS

Labour calls on Prime Minister to set the record straight on NHS funding vote through statement to Parliament

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, has written to the Prime Minister urging him to make a statement to Parliament on his comments during yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions.


Full text of Jonathan Ashworth’s letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

Further to my letter dated 10 March 2021, I am writing to you to ask you correct the record on your statements on Labour’s voting record.

As you know, the Ministerial Code states:

“it is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament, correcting any inadvertent errors.”

I note you have so far made no attempt to clarify your remarks personally, and in failing to do so may have inadvertently broken the Ministerial Code.

I further note that your Press Secretary Allegra Stratton has attempted to clarify your remarks further today by stating they referenced a different vote. If this is the case I believe it is in the public interest that you clarify the situation yourself through a statement to Parliament to abide by the code.

Yours sincerely,

Rt Hon Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care