After the HoC Library withdrew its blog article for reasons of “impartiality” that have yet to be fully explained, I’m glad that Andy Burnham has called on the UK Statistics Authority to clarify the facts.
Of course, if the facts are at odds with what Messrs Cameron and Hunt said, they will be guilty of misleading Parliament. That used to carry a heavy penalty but (as readers of Vox Political will be tired of seeing me repeat by now) this is a criminal government; it does what it likes.

Politics and Insights

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1) Andy Burnham calls on UK Statistics Authority to clarify Cameron claims on A&E waiting times

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, has today written to Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, following claims made by David Cameron in Prime Minister’s Questions on July 2nd and further research by the House of Commons Library published yesterday.
A copy of Andy Burnham’s letter is below:
Dear Sir Andrew,
Prime Minister’s statements on average waiting times in Accident and Emergency.
I am writing to seek clarification about recent claims by the Prime Minister about waiting times in Accident and Emergency units in England. As you may be aware, on 2 July the Prime Minister informed the House of Commons that average A&E waiting times had fallen from 77 minutes to 30 minutes.
“Let me tell the right hon. Gentleman exactly how long people are waiting. When the shadow…

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