Nancy Platts
Nancy Platts

Nancy Platt’s prospects of becoming the MP for Brighton Kemptown in 2015, lays in tatters today after being accused of lying by it’s sitting MP Simon Kirby.

In a bitter and personal attack, Simon Kirby issued an statement on his website which accused Nancy Platts of “completely misleading comments” about the funding for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

He said, “On the 26th November, Ms Platts said in a public tweet: ‘@SimonKirbyMP luckily the last#Labour Govt put £420m aside for a new hospital in#Brighton.’

The part which claims “The last Labour Government put £420 million aside for a new hospital in Brighton”, is the line which has evoked Simon Kirby’s fury.

Simon Kirby continues his attack, “Nancy Platts owes the whole Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven constituency an abject apology. Labour had 13 years to redevelop the Sussex County and failed to do so. Nancy has misled local people when she says the last Labour Government ‘put aside’ the money needed. This is clearly not the case. Nancy would do better if she spent more time learning local facts rather than issuing misleading statements and attending demonstrations at the hospital where effigies of dedicated hospital staff are being paraded. That she would issue such a completely misleading statement on an matter of such importance brings into doubt her credibility as a Parliamentary candidate for Labour.”


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Publishing a letter from his friend and colleague, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as proof, Mr Hunt categorically states, “I can confirm categorically that development of the Regional Centre for Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary Care at the RSCH was not approved by the previous Government and it is not the case that this Government has withheld the release of funds for its construction.”


Risking the wrath of the Law, Simon Kirby puts his reputation on the line to attack the reputation of Nancy Platts.

As the sub-section 106(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 makes clear, ‘A person who, or any director of any body or association corporate which – 
(a) before or during an election. (b) for the purpose of affecting the return of any candidate at the election, makes or publishes any false statement of fact in relation to the candidate’s personal character or conduct shall be guilty of an illegal practice, unless he can show that he had reasonable grounds for believing, and did believe, the statement to be true.’

Its interesting to note that Simon Kirby has made no comment on the many claims made by the independent candidate for Brighton Kemptown in 2015, Matt Taylor, who accused Simon Kirby of many things including being:

  • A transvestite
  • A drug user
  • An accessory to murder
  • A war monger
  • A freemason
  • A fraud

It would seem that Simon Kirby is ready and willing to risk the Law by accusing Nancy Platts of lying, while remaining stoically silent to the allegations made by Matt Taylor.

It would seem that Matt Taylor’s comments accurately reflect the facts about Simon Kirby, hence no action has been made to counter them.

Whilst Matt Taylor, has publicly joined Simon Kirby in his campaign to secure funding for the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Simon Kirby rounds off his career-ending attack on Nancy Platts with, “The Labour candidate would be better served by supporting my campaign rather than trying to score cheap political points at the expense of local people.”


Supporters of both Simon Kirby and Nancy Platts have gone into over-drive on Twitter to either condemn Simon Kirby’s statement or support it.

One such loyal supporter of Simon Kirby, Shaun Gunner tweets, “I’m looking forward to Nancy Platts’ apology to the public,” while a loyal supporter of Nancy Platts, Caroline Penn counter-acts with, “If anyone is to apologise, it’s ‪Simon Kirby MP for allowing £30m cuts to a hospital already suffering A & E crisis.” Even Neil Schofield, who writes for the Notes of a Broken Society blog tweets, “Astonishing: beds crisis at Royal Sussex and ‪Simon Kirby MP responds with personal attack on ‪Nancy Platts – clearly a very frightened man.”


Who is Nancy Platts?
Who is Nancy Platts?

Nancy Platts has yet to respond, as she has failed to do on many occasions when her credibility as a Parliamentary candidate is called into question. Take for example, Who is Nancy Platts?

Mohammed Asaduzzaman
Mohammed Asaduzzaman

The only question now that remains for the Brighton and Hove Labour Party is whether to dump Nancy Platts as their official candidate in favour of local hero, Mohammed Asaduzzaman, who is now the main contender for the position?


In all this mud slinging, the fact that the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) has yet to receive the promised £420 million funding is missed.

In Jeremy Hunt’s letter the facts are made plainly clear.

“However, as you [Simon Kirby] is aware, formal approval by the Government has not been given and the case is still under review with the Department and HM Treasury now working closely with the NHS Trust Development Authority and the Trust to achieve this.”

Or in layman words, ‘Not a chance in Hell.’

Read Jeremy Hunt’s letter in full here.



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