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Labour's shameful cancer postcard campaign

Labour leaflets are waging class war against Cameron because of his university days.

They are dishonestly scaring pensioners with lies about Tory intentions on the Winter Fuel Allowance.

They have lied about Tory intentions on the NHS in direct mail.

Screen shot 2010-04-11 at 10.59.29 Today, from The Sunday Times, they've reached a new low. Targeting people at high risk of cancer, a Labour postcard campaign targeted on 250,000 homes asks: “Are the Tories a change you can afford?”

"Cards addressed to sufferers by name warn that a Labour guarantee to see a cancer specialist within two weeks would be scrapped by the Tories. Labour claims the Conservatives would also do away with the right to be treated within 18 weeks."

Andrew Lansley has this morning issued this challenge to Health Secretary Andy Burnham:

“It is shameful that the Labour Party, knowing that we are the only party that is going to increase investment in the NHS, have decided to deliberately scare patients and misrepresent what we have said.  I’m actually rather shocked that they are trying to target breast cancer patients and alarm them  by making up stories about what the Conservative  Party would do.  I think Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, should write to every woman Labour sent these cards to and apologise and withdraw these claims.” 

I can't say it better than Dizzy Thinks so won't.

Tim Montgomerie

Monday 10am update:

Picture 15 Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has just launched a new website - www.StopTheScaremongering.com - in order to encourage members of the public to join Tory calls for an apology from Labour over its scare tactics on cancer treatment. He says:

“Cancer sufferers across the country have condemned Labour’s scaremongering breast cancer leaflets, but still Gordon Brown and Andy Burnham refuse to apologise. This new website gives everyone who was upset by these leaflets the opportunity to write to Labour, demand an apology and call on them to stop sending them out. Labour’s postcards were beyond the pale. We want them to assure people that they will not try repeat these dirty campaign tricks again in this General Election."

11.15am update:

In a related development, the Times' Sam Coates has posted a shocking story online about how Labour have obtained GPs' confidential email addresses and are contacting them to try and get their backing at the election. Read it here.

Jonathan Isaby