Andrew Percy MP responds to controversial Health and Care Bill amendment
On Monday 22 November, Boris Johnson narrowly succeeded in getting MPs to back a controversial amendment to the Bill – winning by 272 to 246.
Nineteen Conservative MPs voted against the government, including Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft and Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole.
On his decision to vote against the amendment Andrew Percy said: “The Prime Minister is correct that the proposed changes are an improvement on the current system but I opposed them as I think we can do even better than what the Government has proposed.
“More can still be done in my view to protect those at the lower end of the asset bracket and that is why I hope the House of Lords will amend the Bill and send it back to the Commons with this section removed so that further work can be done to improve the proposed system.”
Labour and various other MPs criticised the plan, stating that the poorer households will be left paying out more than the richer households.
However, the Prime Minister stated that the new plan will be ‘much more generous than the current plan.
Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft, who also voted against the amendment, has been contacted for a statement.
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