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Over 80% of voters in PM’s & Health Secretary’s seats demand NHS veto from US trade deal

16 December 2014

An exclusive poll conducted by Survation for Unite, in Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency Witney and health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s South West Surrey constituency, reveals massive opposition to the EU-US trade deal that spells the irreversible sell-off of the NHS.

A significant majority of voters in Witney and South West Surrey, 82 per cent and 80 per cent respectively, oppose the inclusion of the NHS in the EU-US trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

73 per cent of those polled in Witney and 70 per cent of those polled in South West Surrey want David Cameron to use his veto in Europe to prevent the NHS falling into the scope of this agreement.

The poll of 2000 people across both constituencies also reveals that local NHS services are by far the most important issue for voters.

The poll was conducted between 6 and 12 November.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “Even in these Conservative constituencies there is massive opposition to the NHS being part of the US trade deal. David Cameron’s and Jeremy Hunt’s constituents expect them to act and veto the NHS from TTIP.

“The NHS unites this country, it the single most important local issue for voters. The Prime Minister has cut himself adrift from public opinion by refusing to listen to the public. They are demanding that he vetos the NHS out of TTIP. Unite has polled 17 Tory seats and in every case voters oppose the NHS being part of TTIP.

“David Cameron has claimed that there is ‘no threat’ to the NHS from TTIP. If this is true, why doesn’t Cameron just remove the NHS from the trade deal? Other countries have vetoed sectors from the trade deal. The Government has failed to give one decent reason why the NHS should be in this trade deal.

“Britain won’t be fooled by vague assurances over the NHS, the people of this country do not believe it’s right for the NHS to be part of an American trade deal.”

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 this 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 Stockton South and Rochester & Strood in both cases voter opposed the NHS in TTIP and expected Cameron to be prepared to use his veto.

Contact: For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 / Ciaran.Naidoo@unitetheunion.org

About the Poll: The poll was conducted by Survation between 6 and 12 November 2014 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

Witney:

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

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Support the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

13%

14%

19%

15%

Oppose the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

61%

59%

71%

64%

Don’t know

26%

27%

10%

21%

Excluding don’t knows:

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Support the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

18%

19%

21%

19%

Oppose the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

82%

81%

79%

81%

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

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Should seek to exclude

58%

60%

66%

67%

Should not seek to exclude

13%

15%

21%

13%

Don’t know

29%

25%

13%

20%

Excluding don’t knows:

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Should seek to exclude

81%

80%

76%

84%

Should not seek to exclude

19%

20%

24%

16%

Which of these statements is closest to your opinion?

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

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

45%

45%

52%

51%

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

17%

22%

25%

20%

Don’t know

38%

33%

23%

29%

Excluding don’t knows:

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

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

73%

67%

67%

72%

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

27%

33%

33%

28%

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

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

The quality of local NHS hospitals and GP services in West Oxfordshire

32%

33%

45%

28%

The impact of immigration on your local community

12%

13%

4%

30%

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

6%

7%

4%

4%

Employment opportunities in West Oxfordshire

11%

14%

12%

13%

The quality of local schools and higher education in West Oxfordshire

13%

12%

14%

8%

Something else (please state)

25%

20%

21%

18%

South West Surrey:

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

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Support the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

16%

18%

9%

24%

Oppose the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

63%

59%

77%

60%

Don’t know

21%

23%

14%

16%

Excluding don’t know:

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Support the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

20%

24%

10%

28%

Oppose the inclusion of the NHS in the trade agreement

80%

76%

90%

72%

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

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Should seek to exclude

64%

63%

76%

61%

Should not seek to exclude

14%

15%

10%

21%

Don’t know

22%

22%

14%

18%

Excluding don’t knows:

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

Should seek to exclude

82%

81%

88%

74%

Should not seek to exclude

18%

19%

12%

26%

Which of these statements is closest to your opinion?

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

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

49%

48%

50%

50%

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

21%

23%

22%

22%

Don’t know

30%

29%

28%

29%

Excluding don’t knows:

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

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

70%

68%

69%

69%

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

30%

32%

31%

30%

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

 

All

CON

LAB

UKIP

The quality of local NHS hospitals and GP services in South West Surrey

42%

36%

46%

36%

The impact of immigration on your local community

12%

14%

4%

32%

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

6%

6%

5%

4%

Employment opportunities in South West Surrey

9%

9%

15%

9%

The quality of local schools and higher education in South West Surrey

15%

21%

22%

4%

Something else (please state)

16%

14%

8%

17%

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey. 

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