Labour Party withdraws election broadcast over fake NHS nurse

Fake Nurse! Labour withdraw election broadcast featuring health worker slamming Tory policies after it emerges she is a actress not a real medic

  • Actress appears dressed in blue NHS uniform and promises to increase funding
  • Welsh Labour Party didn’t realise she wasn’t a nurse until it was flagged to them
  • Broadcasting rules state use of actors must be clear in any political broadcasts 

The Welsh Labour Party was forced to shelve a TV election campaign after it emerged the NHS nurse in it was an actress. 

The 30-second clip was broadcast on the BBC, ITV and S4C on Tuesday featuring a nurse wearing a NHS-issue blue tunic. 

She slams the Conservative Party for trying to ‘sell the NHS to Donald Trump’ and promises to increase funding for the Health Service. 

But Labour have been forced to withdraw the party political broadcast after someone pointed out the nurse was an actress.  

Broadcast guidelines in the run-up to elections state: ‘The use of reconstructions or actors in a broadcast must be made clear to the audience’. 

In the advert, the woman says: ‘We will increase the funding available to our health service. 

‘Labour is the party that created the NHS, and we will defend it against Tory attempts to sell it off for parts to Donald Trump.’

It then cuts to different people saying the words ‘together’ and ‘standing up for Wales’. 

Plaid Cymru slammed the ‘fake nurse’ for accusing the Conservatives of threatening the future of the NHS. 

Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards, who is standing for re-election in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, said: ‘I can see why Labour felt they had to use a fake nurse in their political advert as their woeful record on the NHS in Wales means they have everything to hide.

The 30-second Labour Party election clip was broadcast on the BBC, ITV and S4C on Tuesday featuring a nurse wearing a NHS-issue blue tunic

‘Issues with the NHS Wales fall squarely at the door of the Labour Party who have been running it for decades.

‘Plaid Cymru has a plan to properly invest in the Welsh NHS to recruit 10,000 more doctors and 5,000 more nurses. By the looks of it, Labour couldn’t find one.’

A Welsh Labour spokesman said: ‘It has been brought to our attention that a private production company used an actor for our PPB (party political broadcast) without permission.

‘We have spoken with the company involved, withdrawn the broadcast from future use and we will not be working with the production company in future.’ 

But Labour have been forced to withdraw the party political broadcast after someone pointed out the nurse was an actress

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