The GPs standing for election to parliament

On 7 May, 11 GPs will be among the hundreds of candidates hoping to become members of parliament.

Parliament: 11 GPs among parliamentary candidates (Photo: Ian Bottle)
Parliament: 11 GPs among parliamentary candidates (Photo: Ian Bottle)

Three candidates are sitting MPs – Conservatives Dr Sarah Wollaston, Dr Liam Fox and Dr Phillip Lee.

That trio look the most likely of the 2015 batch of GP candidates to find themselves sitting in the House of Commons after the 7 May election.

A handful of others are in marginal seats, but it would take an electoral earthquake for the likes of Lewisham GP and National Health Action party candidate Dr Louise Irvine to oust health secretary Jeremy Hunt from his safe Surrey seat.

GP voting intentions

Perhaps unsurprisingly given a GP voting intentions poll (GP, 20 March) showing the Conservatives remain the party winning most support  from the profession, that is the party with most GP candidates.

The Liberal Democrats are the only main party with no GP candidates.

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