UKIP Deputy Chairman Suzanne Evans has responded to Andy Burnham's letter to the UKIP Leader with one of her own, saying she is greatly encouraged that the Labour Party is so keen to hear more about UKIP’s NHS recommendations, given Labour’s noted failure to improve the system in the UK and especially in Wales.
Suzanne draws Mr Burnham's attention to Nigel Farage's column in The Independent which clearly outlines UKIP's policies regarding the NHS. She asked him which parts of UKIP's stated policy he disagreed with and asked him to explain why Labour privatised the NHS when it was in office
She has also offered to meet with Mr Burnham if he remains unclear on UKIP policies to explain their implications for the British people in full and she reiterated Nigel's offer of a head-to-head debate with Labour leader Ed Miliband.
You can read the full letter below:
Dear Mr Burnham,
Thank you for your tweets today. We are greatly encouraged that the Labour Party is so keen to hear more about UKIP’s NHS recommendations, given Labour’s noted failure to improve the system in the United Kingdom, and especially in Wales.
In response to your letter about UKIP’s policies, I direct you to Mr Farage’s column in the Independent newspaper today. Could you please lay out in full what parts of our stated policy you disagree with, and make clear why Labour privatised the NHS during its terms in office, so much so that it will cost the British taxpayer up to £300bn by the time the Private Finance Initiative agreements have been completed, as reported in The Guardian on 5 July 2012?
If you are unclear on either your or our policies, I am happy to meet with you to explain their implications for the British people in full. I know Labour politicians rarely meet with ordinary people, but I am happy to pass on comments made by the public to me so that you may reflect on their significance. At the same time, perhaps I can elicit an apology from you on your party’s immigration policy circa 2004, which has placed enormous strain on NHS services and more?
With reference to your specific questions, Mr Farage would be delighted to respond to them in full during our proposed head-to-head debate with your party leader, Ed Miliband, this side of Christmas.
So once again, and for the fourth or fifth time now… will Mr Miliband take part, or will he chicken out?
UKIP Deputy Chairman