Peter Whittle and Debbie Abrahams clash on Newsnight
The pair clashed on a number of topics during a heated Newsnight debate on the eve of the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election.
Discussing the upcoming election in Stoke, Mr Whittle said: “Labour has been in for 50 years, there has not been one single new council house built in 30 years, can you believe that?
“We would like a golden age of council housing. I’m a great believer, and I know Paul [Nuttall] is too, and we are as a party, in social housing because basically it helps build solid communities.
“My grandparents were in council housing and it basically means… people are not fighting to get on the ladder. It can help build a real community.”
Abrahams admitted that her party had failed voters by not building more social housing and promised to do more if Labour retains the seat.
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The most important thing is that Ukip, my party, has always stood on a platform of celebrating the NHS and believing it should be free at the point of delivery
She then went on to attack Ukip’s NHS policies after claiming leader Paul Nuttall – who is standing to become the next Stoke MP – wants to privatise the publicly funded institution.
Whittle rubbished Abrahams's claims and said Ukip had been “absolutely clear” that his party wanted to keep the NHS free at the point of use, while the Labour MP said Whittle's claims were "nonsense".
The London Assembly Member said: “The most important thing is that Ukip, my party, has always stood on a platform of celebrating the NHS and believing it should be free at the point of delivery.
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The Stoke by-election is tomorrow
“Paul said a few things about certain areas of the NHS, such as about procurement or whatever about five years ago. He has since said I’ve changed my mind.
“But the most important thing, whether Paul has changed his mind or not, is that Ukip in our manifesto in 2015 was absolute clear, we remain completely clear, we believe in a national, not an international one [health service].”
Ukip are hoping to overturn a 5,179 vote Labour majority in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election tomorrow.