The Picture in England
The National Health Action Party was the 7th most popular party in England:
|Party||UK Candidates||UK Votes||Votes Per Candidate|
|National Health Action||12||20,210||1,684|
|Monster Raving Loony Party||16||3,898||243|
|Christian Peoples Alliance||17||3,260||191|
|British National Party||8||1,667||208|
The National Health Action Party has fared remarkably better than the Green Party and UKIP did in their first general elections. The party also gained a higher share of votes per candidate than the 1997 Referendum Party and the 2005 Veritas Party.
|Votes Per Candidate||1,684||258||763||1,583|
|% Vote in Contested Seats||3.27%||0.53%||1.67%||x|
|Votes Per Candidate||1,684||624||1,482|
|% Vote in Contested Seats||3.27%||1.5%||3.1%|
Despite an overall win for the Conservatives, the incoming government has a much smaller majority than the 363 seats won by the Coalition parties in 2010. While NHS cuts and austerity will continue, the Conservative government responsible will surely be in a weaker position. There will be a need for an ongoing popular movement against the Conservative government, to protect the NHS from cuts and privatisation.
Poor Labour and Liberal Democrat results suggest they are failing to gain traction with the public, and neither party is offering to fight for sufficient NHS funding or renationalisation. The Green Party has amiable NHS policies, and we can hope that the SNP will act in a progressive manner.
However, it falls to the NHA to be the most outspoken, the most knowledgeable, and the most passionate party in the fight for the NHS.