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Bombshell poll for Clegg amid fears of NHS irreversibl...

Bombshell poll for Clegg amid fears of NHS irreversible sell-off

05 February 2015

An exclusive ‘bombshell’ poll conducted by Survation for Unite reveals that Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg faces losing his seat at the next general election while fears over the NHS and the dangerous trade deal TTIP remain major issues for voters in Sheffield Hallam.

The poll also found a significant majority of voters who expressed an opinion in Sheffield Hallam (79 per cent) and people who voted Liberal Democrat in the 2010 (83 per cent) oppose the inclusion of the NHS in the EU-US trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

80 per cent and 83 per cent want David Cameron to exclude the from NHS falling into the scope of this agreement.

The poll of just over 1000 people also reveals that local NHS services are by far the most important issue for most voters. 45 per cent of voters generally and 51 per cent of people who voted Lib Dem in 2010 believe that the quality of local NHS services to be the most important issue.

A third of voters who expressed an opinion (33 per cent) intend to vote Labour in Sheffield Hallam in May and under a quarter (23 per cent) of voters intend to vote Liberal Democrat, dropping 30 percentage points since the 2010 general election.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “Nick Clegg backed the Tories over the health sell-off and he’s doing nothing to stop the irreversible privatisation of the NHS because of a dangerous trade deal called TTIP.  Why won’t he demand that David Cameron uses his veto to exclude the NHS from TTIP?

“Nick Clegg has tried to claim that he’ll look after the NHS but voters remember how he let down the students. Only a cast iron exemption for the NHS from TTIP will protect the health service. It’s time for the deputy prime minister to do some good and demand protection for the NHS.”

The deal, known as TTIP, is being negotiated behind closed doors, between EU bureaucrats and delegates from the United States.

It is the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated and threatens to make privatisation of the NHS irreversible by giving the profits of corporations precedence over national lawmakers. TTIP could grant American multinationals, or any firm with American investors, the power to sue the government if it ever attempted to take privatised health services back into public ownership.

An earlier extensive telephone poll, carried out by Survation in August last  year, questioned over 2,600 voters across 13 marginal Conservative-held seats. Respondents were asked if the NHS should be excluded from the deal and if David Cameron should use Britain’s veto. Across all constituencies, of those that stated a view - 68 per cent said they opposed the inclusion of the NHS as part of the deal. Opposition was highest from those planning on voting for Labour or UKIP, 78 per cent and 77 per cent respectively. Just 23 per cent of Conservative voters supported inclusion.

Unite also polled voters in Witney, South West Surrey, Stockton South and Rochester & Strood in both cases voters opposed the NHS in TTIP and expected Cameron to be prepared to use his veto.

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Contact: For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

About the Poll: The poll was conducted by Survation between 22 and 26 January 2015 on behalf of Unite the Union. Survation are a leading independent political and social research organisation. Find out more about Survation here. Survation is a member of The British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Results in Full

Voting Intention (with change in brackets since the 2010 General Election):

LAB 33% (+17), LD 23% (-30), CON 22% (-2), GREEN 12% (+10), UKIP 9% (+7)

Thinking about your local area, what issue is most important to you and your family at the moment?

 

All

2010 LD

The quality of local NHS hospitals and GP services in Sheffield

45%

51%

The impact of immigration on your local community

9%

8%

The level of crime and anti-social behaviour in your area

9%

7%

Employment opportunities in Sheffield

15%

11%

The quality of local schools and higher education in Sheffield

12%

13%

Something else (please state)

10%

10%

Would you support or oppose the inclusion of the NHS as part of this trade agreement?

(excl. Don’t knows)

 

All

2010 LD

Support the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

21%

17%

Oppose the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

79%

83%

Do you think David Cameron should, or should not, seek to exclude the NHS from this trade agreement?

(excl. Don’t knows)

 

All

2010 LD

Should seek to exclude

80%

83%

Should not seek to exclude

20%

17%

Which of these statements is closest to your opinion?

(excl. Don’t knows)

 

All

2010 LD

David Cameron should veto the trade agreement if he fails to get a guaranteed opt-out for the NHS

73%

80%

David Cameron should not veto the trade agreement if he fails to get a guaranteed opt-out for the NHS

27%

20%