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What is it with Politicians that they can’t get enough of Elections ?

No sooner are we through and past a General Election than they start swarming round potential candidates for the election of a (replacement) Leader of the LABOUR PARTY ! And with so few people aware of who these ‘candidates’ might be (less than 15% recognised names or faces in a recent poll), it is incumbent upon us to regale you with erudition (tell you who’s who) of these ‘skally-wags’ (read ‘Metroplitan elite’) .. and how they stand in the public’s opinion (as opposed to their own) ..

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Now trailing in 3rd place according to a private Labour poll         Kier Starmer Rebecca Long-Bailey Lisa Eva Nandy    Emily Anne Thornberry a.k.a. Sir Kier Starmer KCB QC                    a.k.a. Lady Nugee Lobby correspondents’ nickname Lobby correspondents’ nickname     Lobby correspondents’ nickname         Lobby correspondents’ nickname     That ‘Man-of-the-people’ ‘Wrong-daily’         ‘Lisa-who ?’                  ‘Lady High & Mighty-ness’ These then, Ladies and Gentlemen, are your ‘Runners and Riders’ in the ‘Shadow Stakes’. __________________ And now for the even less-well-known contenders for the Post of Deputy Leader … Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan   Richard Burgon     Dawn Petula Butler         Ian Murray         Angela Rayner                           a.k.a. Doctor Khan           (née Bowen) These then, Ladies and Gentlemen, are your ‘Runners and Riders’ in the ‘I’m Only A Shadow Of My Leader Stakes’. __________________ Hustings kicked off January 18th in Liverpool and Leeds. Then_ Saturday 1 February -Bristol Sunday 2 February - Cardiff Saturday 8 February - Nottingham Sunday 9 February - West Bromwich Saturday 15 February - Glasgow Sunday 16 February - London Saturday 22 February - Bedford Sunday 23 February - Durham Saturday 29 February - Brighton The ballot for voting will open on 21 February, just before the hustings end & close at midday on 2 April. A special conference will be held on 4 April to announce the new leader. Gosh ! What a lot to look forward to. _____________________

Care Commission acts ‘to protect patients’ in Worcester Hospitals !

A&E departments found to be "overwhelmed" during a December 2019 visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to both Worcestershire Royal and Alexandra Hospitals. Inspectors found that "people waited too long for assessment" and were "treated on corridors all too frequently". As a consequence, urgent action is being taken against the hospital trust to improve services. The regulator has imposed restrictions on Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's registration to "protect people" and ensure patients were assessed within 15 minutes of arrival. Both emergency departments had previously been in special measures for about four years but were given a better rating of "requires improvement" following inspections in May 2019 However, CQC chief hospital inspector, Prof Ted Baker, said that, at Worcester Royal _ they found ambulance patients at Worcestershire Royal "waited over three hours" for treatment the longest wait for a bed noted as almost 24 hours. at Alexandra Hospital's A&E _ overcrowding, due to the department's layout, lead to queuing in corridors it quickly became overwhelmed, “posing a risk to patient safety", In spite of all this, inspectors commented upon "professional and caring staff who remained cheerful and engaged with patients, even when working under pressure" at both hospitals. A trust spokesman apologised for the waits experienced by patients – even though the watchdog had raised these issues with the trust in 2015 and found their subsequent response "insufficient". Matthew Hopkins has been chief executive of the Acute Trust since 14/01/2019.