Bounty Mutiny: responses from MPs
We wrote to all MPs about the Bounty Mutiny campaign, asking them to sign EDM 319 on marketing in maternity wards; contact their local NHS trusts in their constituencies; and raise the issue with the Department of Health where possible.
LATEST NEWS: Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle
Mr Stephenson's local newspaper Pendle Today reports on his support of Mumsnet's campaign and his view that “the practice of allowing sales people on to maternity wards is unacceptable, this is a time when mother and child should be able to rest and bond.”
Here are some of the responses we've received so far by email:
Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East
Mr Smith writes in support of the campaign and says he has written to the Chief Executive of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in his constituency.
Menzies Campbell, MP for North East Fife
Sir Menzies has informed us that he has signed the EDM calling for a ban on marketing in maternity wards.
Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon
Mr Buckland has followed the campaign closely, spoken directly with Bounty, and represented constituents who raised concerns about the practice. He writes that he remains worried about the practice and that he has written to Health minister Dan Poulter and the CEO of the Great Western Hospital.
Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset
Mr Letwin has written to confirm he will be speaking to local commissioners and the management at Dorset County Hospital.
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne
Ms Onwurah echoes concerns about Bounty's practices and has confirmed she will write to her local trust.
Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven
Mr Kirby writes that Mumsnet has raised a very important issue. He will raise it with the Minister and let his constituents know of his support for the campaign.
Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
Ms Jowell's assistant informs us that Tessa will be speaking to her local hospital trust, King's College Hospital, about its Bounty contract.
Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield
Mr Burden writes to thank us for bringing the issue to his attention, and to inform us that he has signed the EDM calling for a ban on marketing in maternity wards.
Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire
Mr Heald notes that his constituents have contacted him on the issue and that he has raised these concerns with the appropriate ministers.
Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry
Mr Heaton-Harris also confirms that he has made appropriate representations for a number of his constituents, who have contacted him raising these concerns.
And here is a collection of MPs' responses to signing the EDM on Twitter: