THERE were two Save The Whittington marches. The first came when Labour were still in government and Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone was right at the front of the good fight. By the time, everyone trampled up the Holloway Road again in defence of the hospital, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition was in charge of things, and there was the odd scene where Labour MPs raced to the front of the march while Lynne, almost out of sight, was tucked away in the main group. She later said that she had not been invited to speak at the rally outside the hospital.
Relations between the MP and the campaign group Defend The Whittington Hospital coalition do not seem to have improved since then. They’ve forgotten her first name for starters.
Lynsey Featherstone did not stop the selloff at whitt hosp as she claims in her propaganda. She refused to us! http://t.co/udQecmfGmJ
— DWH Coalition (@dwhcoalition) May 7, 2014
Tonight, there are pre-election hustings organised by the campaigners but they claim Lynne has turned down their invite. The explanation will be the busy diary of a woman in government, but organisers say an empty chair is nevertheless going to be placed on the stage. In fact there will be no Lib Dems to answer questions at Islington Town Hall at all.
The press notice reads: “For the Lib Dems, we asked Lynne Featherstone, who declined. We then asked Terry Stacey. He has also declined. We will have an empty chair for Lynne Featherstone.”
You can almost hear the Whittington Cat meow from here.