Speaking in a Q&A session on the reforms at a health conference, Anna Soubry admitted:
“We screwed up”
The mea culpa comes as something of a surprise, since Soubry was a staunch supporter of the bill during its passage. She even appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics in February to defend it, countering the Royal College of GPs’ opposition with self-confessed “anecdotal evidence”
Perhaps her change of heart is a result of the declaration of an alliance of doctors intending to unseat coalition MPs supportive of the bill — and speculation that Soubry’s tiny majority of 389 makes her especially vulnerable.
Or maybe she just wanted Ed Balls to blow her more kisses across the House of Commons.