All across the country today Labour activists were out on the streets campaigning to save the NHS. Around Somerset there were pavement stalls and petitions and in the Labour capital of the county, Bridgwater, the Labour Party fully played it’s part with some 30 members meeting the public to spread the message.
Labour Leader of Bridgwater Town Council, Cllr Brian Smedley (Westover) said “The response was terrific with people queueing up to sign. The turnout from members was great and we’ve certainly been boosted by our new mass membership which now makes us the largest political party in Europe. To save the NHS we need to translate this support for our party and it’s ideals to votes.”
Across the county Labour members turned out. In Yeovil they were out from 9 – 12.00. The Photo shows them just after they set up when it was still -3 degrees. Cllr Gail Freeman-Bell said “We had a total of 12 volunteers through the morning and lots of positive interactions with the public.”
In West Somerset Cllr Robin Nuttall (Watchet) said “Approximately 30 people met at Minehead hospital and marched to Wellington Square in the town centre where we distributed leaflets & stickers as well as collecting signatures for the national petition. Then we went on to Watchet where we left leaflets on the counters of many main road shops & cafés. Special thanks to Pebbles Tavern for offering to take some petition forms and encourage customers to sign them.”
Labour will Deliver real change
Sedgemoor District Council Labour Leader Cllr Mick Lerry (Victoria) said “A Labour Government will deliver the real change Britain needs. The Tories have no idea how to build an economy that delivers for working people. Instead they’ve created a low wage, low investment, high debt economy whilst their tax giveaways to the very richest will amount to billions of dollars.”
Labour mounting Countywide Challenge
This year there are Somerset County Council elections and Labour is on the attack with a full slate of candidates. County Labour Leader Cllr Leigh Redman (Bridgwater South) said “Labour will end austerity and invest in public services. We’ll bring in areal living wage of £10 an hour so that everyone will have enough to live on and we’ll build over a million homes including genuinely affordable homes to own and crucially we’ll give the NHS and social care the funding it needs”
Tory Failure on NHS
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP said “The Tories’ failure on the NHS and social care symbolises their wider failure to deliver for Britain. They have no answers on how we build a strong economy. They have created a low wage, low investment, high-debt economy. Working people deserve better than Tory failure.”
Join our Campaign
Secretary of Bridgwater & West Somerset CLP Cllr Kathy Pearce (Westover) was on the petition stall this morning and noted that “…after an hour we ran out of petitions there was such demand. However the fight goes on, so please join our campaign to stand up for the NHS , for working people and their families. Under the Tories the NHS and social care are underfunded and understaffed. It’s time to care for the NHS and put it back in the hands of the Party that created it.”
If you agree with Kathy visit the Labour NHS website here.