Labour Sinks to New Depths in Cancer Leaflet
This is Westminster politics at it’s dirtiest. Scotland deserves better. Vote, “Yes” in September
I always thought this would develop into the dirtiest campaign ever, but I didn’t think it would happen this quickly. The Sunday Times front page carries the story of how Labour have sent out 250,000 postcards to cancer sufferers warning them what might happen if those wicked Tories came to power.
Labour has become embroiled in a row about the use of personal data after sending cancer patients alarmist mailshots saying their lives could be at risk under a Conservative government. Cards addressed to sufferers by name warn that a Labour guarantee to see a cancer specialist within two weeks would be scrapped by the Tories. Labour claims the Conservatives would also do away with the right to be treated within 18 weeks.
Cancer patients who received the personalised cards, sent with a message from a breast cancer survivor praising her treatment under Labour, said they were “disgusted and shocked”, and feared that the party may have had access to confidential health data. Labour sources deny that the party has used any confidential information. However, the sources admit that, in line with other political parties, it uses socio-demographic research that is commercially and publicly available. See the article;