NHS 65th Birthday Gala in Leeds

The big event this weekend is the BIG NHS Birthday Gala to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the NHS. While the Tories and Liberal Democrat chums slash their way through public services lets not forget what a Labour government achieved in austere times. We created the NHS, embarked on a massive house building programme and founded the modern welfare state.

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 29) there is a massive gala in Millennium Square, Leeds from 11am to 3pm. The gala is supported by the TUC, Unison and host of other organisations.

Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton is speaking and the guest compere is well-known Labour supporter John Middleton (better known as Ashley from Emmerdale). It’s a fun, family event with a steel orchestra, circus skills and face painting amongst the attractions.

NHS birthday gala, Leeds

TUC YouTube video contest is inspirational

As I’m busy with the Rothwell and Elmet Parliamentary selection I’m going to have to follow the TUC Congress on Twitter (using the #TUC09 hash tag) and the fantastic Congress Voices website. But I just thought that this video was worth sharing. It’s one of the winners of a TUC competition to create one minute videos to promote the trade union movement and I think it’s fantastic.