Sir Roger Gale MP likes to promote himself as the protector of the NHS and local services (Where Has Community Care Funding Gone?, Gale’s View, Herne Bay Gazette, January 29). What Mr Gale fails to tell his public is that he is as much part of this government’s attack on working people and those dependent on the welfare state as Chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron. Community care is a case in point. Sir Roger chaired a committee that took through sections of the Health and Social Care Bill. The lack of accountabifity, the change of focus from patient to market forces, the utter chaos and confusion the changes would bring were all discussed and are documented in Hamsard. Sir Roger knew first hand the effect the legislation would have. Sir Roger has also voted in favour of the bedroom tax and for reductions in wIfare benefit and voted against improving benefits for those with long-term illness or disability. He also voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed. A local MP who looks after the concerns of the vulnerable in our society — I don’t think so.
Secretary, Herne Bay Labour Party, Gainsborough Drive, Beltinge
Herne Bay Gazette, February 5th 2015