General Election 2019: Five of desperate Jeremy Corbyns lies about Tory plot to sell off NHS debunked


DESPERATE Jeremy Corbyn was yesterday accused of lying over claims of a secret plot to sell the NHS.

At a bizarre press conference the Labour leader brandished a dossier which he said showed damning evidence that the health service is on the table in US trade talks.

He claimed minutes of meetings between officials showed plans to hike drug prices and could lead to the privatisation of the NHS.

But Mr Corbyns wild claims were rubbished and he was accused of using the 451-page dodgy dossier to deflect from the anti-Semitism crisis rocking his election campaign.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: Jeremy Corbyn is getting desperate and is out-and-out lying to the public about what these documents contain.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also weighed in, saying: These documents clearly show the NHS is not on the table in trade talks.

Labour are only spreading these ludicrous conspiracy theories because they are trying to distract attention from their tax rises, Brexit confusion, and their shameful record on anti-Semitism.

And the Tory chairman James Cleverly tweeted: Corbyn and Labour clearly believed that if the lie was big enough they could get away with it. The NHS is not, and will never be for sale.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also repeated his promise that the NHS will not be up for negotiation in any post Brexit trade deal with US President Donald Trump.

Speaking on a campaign trip to Cornwall yesterday, Bojo blasted: This is total nonsense.

It is brought up time and again by the Labour party as a distraction from the problems that they are having, particularly with the absence of leadership on stamping down on anti-Semitism and also the absence of leadership on the EU.

He added: I can give you an absolute cast-iron guarantee that this is a complete diversion.

That the NHS under no circumstances would be on the table for negotiation, for sale. Look at what were doing with it were funding it massively.

Jezza was plunged into chaos over anti-Semitism on Tuesday when he was slammed by the Chief Rabbi and suffered a brutal interview with the BBCs Andrew Neil.

Labour chiefs scrambled to try to get their campaign back on track by calling a hastily arranged press conference yesterday morning.

Mr Corbyn waved the official sensitive dossier and warned: Weve now got evidence that under Boris Johnson the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale.

“He tried to cover it up in a secret agenda but today its been exposed. This election is now a fight for the survival of our National Health Service.

“As a public service free for all at the point of need.” Mr Corbyn claimed Brit and US officials have begun talks which could see the cost of NHS medicines rocket by 500million a week.

He said they had also discussed lengthening patents the copyright on drugs which prevent cheaper versions being produced and sold.

Mr Corbyn warned: Longer patents mean only one thing, more expensive drugs. Lives will be put at risk as a result of this.

Many out-of-patent medicines available cheaply here are vastly more expensive under patent law in the US.

Big pharma has ripped off and imperilled the health of the American people for years.

Now these secret reports show theyre looking to do the same to us if the Conservatives are elected.

But the so-called secret document has been available on US news website Reddit for a month.

And the meetings detailed in the document all date to Theresa Mays time in office.

The minutes showed that US officials did raise the issue of drug patents and pricing in talks.

But they do not show any evidence British officials have said they would allow any part of the NHS to be up for grabs.

The Tory manifesto, launched last Sunday, promises voters: The NHS is not on the table. The price the NHS pays for drugs is not on the table. The services the NHS provides are not on the table.

The PM has insisted he will not let US pharma drive up the cost of drugs as part of a trade deal.

And independent experts at the Full Fact charity have said Mr Corbyns claim of a 500million price rise is extreme and unrealistic.

Ms Truss said of Mr Corbyns outlandish claims: He has always believed in conspiracy theories. Which is why he has failed to crack down on the scourge of anti-Semitism in his party.

This is the man that has caused huge offence by blaming an imaginary Zionist lobby for societys ills and now he has decided to smear UK officials too.

People should not believe a word that he says this stunt is simply a smokescreen for the fact he has no plan for Brexit and that he has been forced to admit he wants to increase taxes for millions of families.

As we have consistently made clear, the NHS will not be on the table in any future trade deal and the price that the NHS pays for drugs will not be on the table.

This sort of conspiracy theory fuelled nonsense is not befitting of the leader of a major political party.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace poured scorn on the barmy claims by tweeting a picture of a group of people wearing tin foil hats.

He wrote: Right team Corbyn…the campaign isnt going our way…and Magic Grandpa isnt delivering.

“What conspiracy theory can we mock up in a dossier? NHS up for sale to the Americans?


Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also reckoned: This is a classic dead cat strategy from Labour.

Throw down a dead cat, get everyone talking about it and then they forget this is the week where Corbyn failed to apologise for anti-Semitism, couldnt fund his promises to Waspi women and had a car-crash interview with Andrew Neil.

Tory chairman James Cleverly tweeted: This dead cat press conference is to distract from last nights Andrew Neil interview, their broken tax pledge, and missing Brexit policy.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss blasted the Labour leader, saying: ‘Corbyn is getting desperate and lying to the public’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also repeated his promise that the NHS will NOT be up for negotiation in any post-Brexit trade deal

The leftie boss tried to distract the electorate from his huge row over anti-Semitism last night