Today is the 65th anniversary of the NHS – the National Health Service.
Worldwide the NHS is the byword for outstanding state healthcare. It is an achievement that the Labour Party can be justly proud of. Especially as it was created in a time of austerity and shows just want a committed, enthusiastic and imaginative Labour government can achieve in tough times.
And what is Alec Shelbrooke, our Elmet and Rothwell MP, doing in this week to celebrate the NHS? He’s not. Instead he’s spending his time contacting local people about his role in Tory party in-fighting about Europe, while his government systematically dismantles and privatises the NHS.
Before the last general election the Tories promised us that the NHS would be safe in their hands. There would be no frontline cuts. Tell that to the 4,000 nurses who’ve been laid-off. Tell that to the patients suffering because of the crisis in accident and emergency departments.
As the NHS came into being Nye Bevan said: “There will be an NHS as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.” If you’ve got the faith to fight then please come and join us to show your support for the NHS.
Our street stall will be outside Morrisons on Commerical Street in Rothwell between 2pm to 4pm tomorrow (Saturday, July 6). Please come along and show Shelbrooke, Cameron and Clegg that in Elmet and Rothwell we’ve got the faith to fight for the NHS.
Yesterday the Labour Party officially started the process to select the Labour candidate for Elmet and Rothwell in the 2015 general election. Today we’ll also find out what Tory chancellor George Osborne has planned in his Comprehensive Spending Review for further cuts and how they might hurt people in Elmet and Rothwell.
Before I announced that I was standing I was humbled by the councillors and local members who encouraged me to put my name forward. Since I publicly announced that I was standing I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I’ve received from local Elmet and Rothwell members, as well as colleagues on Leeds City Council.
I already know many of the Elmet and Rothwell members, but over the course of the next few weeks I aim to revisit old friends and colleagues that I’ve got to know and worked with over the last 20 years, as well as meeting new ones.
In case you missed it this is Labour’s Made by the Many video for the local elections that are happening in many parts of the country. We don’t have any in Elmet and Rothwell as there are no elections to Leeds City Council this year, but neighbouring North Yorkshire does have elections.
Oulton Primary School governor and Labour Party activist Trish Bromilow is the latest local member to endorse Karen:
“I’m delighted to hear that Karen is seeking selection as the parliamentary candidate for Elmet and Rothwell. We need more women MPs both locally and on the national stage and Karen, who knows the constituency well, will make a fantastic MP. Good luck and I look forward to supporting you on the campaign!”