Today Gordon Brown launched the Labour manifesto at the soon to open Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Cabinet Office guidelines specifically preclude using government facilities, including NHS ones, for party political purposes, see here.
I remember local Labour MP, Gisela Stuart, being interviewed around the time of the 2005 general election and saying that it was easy to campaign for Labour as they were building Birminghamâ€™s first new hospital since the war. She really does not know what a dumb statement this is and repeats it prominently on her website:
Edgbaston houses the brand new University Hospital, Birminghamâ€™s first new hospital in 70 years. When it opens in 2010, this hospital will provide state of the art medical care to hundreds of people throughout the West Midlands.
Think about it. Under the NHS, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008, the second largest city in the UK has never had a new hospital.