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Cancer patients caught up in election row in Poplar and Limehouse

PUBLISHED: 19:16 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:51 05 October 2010

CANCER patients in the East End are receiving election leaflets saying their lives could be at risk under a Conservative government, it has emerged. The Labour postcards that warn the sufferers by name that they would no longer be able to see a cancer s

CANCER patients in the East End are receiving election leaflets saying their lives could be at risk under a Conservative government, it has emerged.

The Labour postcards that warn the sufferers by name that they would no longer be able to see a cancer specialist within two weeks of diagnosis or be treated within 18 weeks under a Tory government are believed to be circulating around the Poplar and Limehouse constituency.

The cards have raised questions over Labour's use of personal date although the party deny it has used any confidential information.

According to the Sunday Times newspaper, a 44-year-old television producer living in the Poplar and Limehouse constituency who had a potentially cancerous lump that turned out to be a cyst was the only person to receive the leaflet among 50 neighbours.

And Blackwall and Cubitt Town ward councillor and Tory MP candidate for Poplar and Limehouse said he has spoken to residents who have received the postcards.

He said: "These cards seem to have worried and scared some people.

"One woman got in touch with me to complain about the postcards and said it was an invasion of her privacy."

If you have received these campaign leaflets, get in touch by e-mailing gemma.collins@archant.co.uk.

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