How Labour broke its by-election promises to Hartlepool

During the hard-fought by-election in Hartlepool in 2004, Labour accused the Lib Dems of variously lying, scaremongering and eating babies for basing our campaign on saving Hartlepool hospital. Labour, who just held on to what had been a rock-solid safe seat, claimed the hospital was safe, with both Tony Blair and John Reed (then Health Secretary) personally promising it was safe.

I think you can guess what happened after the by-election, with the stories the media are now running… (hint: promises, broken, hospital, closure).

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