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NHA co-leader standing against Cameron prevented from challenging PM over NHS at local hustings

The co-leader of the National Health Action Party, who's a candidate in the Prime Minister's Witney constituency, says he's appalled that he's been excluded from tonights's "Churches Together" hustings, the only one that David Cameron is taking part in.

Dr Clive Peedell says it's the only local hustings to exclude him. Even though the organiser has admitted it was an oversight, he has refused to allow Dr Peedell to attend and refused to discuss the matter further, bluntly telling the cancer specialist in an email: "The matter is closed".

Dr Peedell said:

"It's pathetic that Churches Together, which represents 20 churches in the Witney area, said it could not find contact details for parties, other than the five major ones. I find it appalling that the organisers then refused to correct their mistake and let me join the debate. I wasn't even invited into the audience. It seems a remarkable co-incidence that this is the only hustings that Mr Cameron is attending and the only debate that I have been excluded from.

"The NHS is the number one issue concerning voters and yet the leader of a party with a major interest in the NHS has been excluded. All the other candidates have said that wanted me to attend. Mr Cameron's office has made no comment to us.

"And to make matters even more unfair, BBC Oxford are recording the event, so I miss out on reaching local people twice over."

Another Witney candidate,  the independent Christopher Tompson , was refused entry despite having a ticket. He tweeted:

@cpeedell @BBCOxford I had a ticket but it was seized at the door and I was refused entry. A banana republic would be proud of this joke.


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