Do you believe what politicians tell us? You don't have to answer.
In 2004 there was a parliamentary by-election in Hartlepool. Mr Blair said at the time that there was no question of the local hospital closing.
Now, less than three years later, the closure of the hospital has been announced. I know nothing of the local circumstances, and perhaps closure is the right option, but it does explain my cynicism when Patricia Hewitt and others tell us that there is no question of Bedford Hospital closing.