Norfolk cancer patient announces run for Jeremy Corbyn's seat
PUBLISHED: 08:52 07 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:07 08 May 2017
Copyright © Garry Knight
Jeremy Corbyn is facing a potential challenge in his Islington North constituency from a terminally-ill cancer patient from Norfolk.
Susanne Cameron-Blackie, who lives in Reedham, is campaigning for reform of medical negligence laws to save the NHS millions of pounds.
Despite being confined to bed, Ms Cameron-Blackie, 68, is planning to register as an independent candidate in the north London seat for the June 8 general election.
She said she was taking the stand to raise awareness of the vast sums lost by the NHS due to law suits.
Ms Cameron-Blackie said she was motivated by her horror at suggestions she should sue over being given insufficiently strong painkillers on a cancer ward last month.
She said: “If I sued, I would be taking away yet more money from the NHS, so making it more likely that a future patient would endure a similar ordeal.
“This is the point Corbyn and Labour don’t get.
“They say they are socialists, yet they’re doing nothing about a system which treats the NHS as if it were a manufacturer making faulty products, instead of a provider of a vital social good.”
Ms Cameron-Blackie runs a political blog using her pseudonym Anna Raccoon at annaraccoon.co.uk.
She said she might be the first parliamentary candidate forced to lie down, rather than stand, for office.
She said: “But I’m determined to do something useful with what’s left of my life.
“I’m taking on Corbyn in his political comfort zone. He talks about shaping the future.
“As things stand, the future for the NHS is to vanish up its own backside because of the money going on lawyers and damages.”