GP urges others to join his bid to reach parliament

A GP who is running as an independent candidate for parliament has called on his colleagues to join him.

Dr Steven Ford, who practised in Northumberland until he retired to concentrate on his campaign, said distrust with politics had boosted support for trusted figures such as doctors.

'In the last few weeks we have been inundated with volunteers,' he said. 'I would urge all GP readers to think about standing.'

He added that 'doctors and nurses have a massive pull on public opinion', pointing to the success of his own former boss, Dr Richard Taylor, the independent MP for Wyre Forest.

Dr Ford decided to stand for parliament in Hexham because issues facing the area were not being addressed in Westminster. His platform includes support for parliamentary reform and tougher green policies.

But he is also concerned about patients being forced to travel long distances to hospital and cuts to practice funding.

Hexham has been a safe Conservative seat since 1924. But Dr Ford hopes his local profile will give him the edge over London barrister Guy Opperman, 'parachuted' in as a Tory candidate.

Dr Ford pointed to organisations such as Jury Team and the Independent Network, which support independent candidates. He said doctors thinking of standing could contact him on

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