NHS campaigners take it to the street

38 Degrees members out campaigning
38 Degrees members out campaigning

Campaigners took to the streets of Todmorden and Hebden Bridge on Saturday, seeking signatures for a petition being sent to all candidates seeking to become MP for the Calder Valley in May’s General Election.

Members of campaigning group 38 Degrees were encouraging people to sign their “Save The NHS” petition which asks each candidate “to commit to protecting the NHS from privatisation, make sure it has the funding it needs, and keep the NHS out of the TTIP trade deal with the U.S.”

We’re showing our local candidates that, if they want us to take them seriously, they need to prioritise the NHS

Nan Jackson, 38 Degrees

In Hebden Bridge campaigners said there was an overwhelmingly positive response from local people.

A spokesperson said: “Hundreds of signatures were collected. These will be pulled together nationally by 38 Degrees and presented to the political parties.”

In Todmorden half a dozen 38 Degrees members met outside Todmorden Market on the day of action to gather support for the campaign.

Nan Jackson, a local petitioner in the town, said: “The NHS is there in our hour of need, no matter who we are.

“That’s why I went out on Saturday to spread the word about our campaign and collect signatures on our local petition. We’re showing our local candidates that if they want us to take them seriously, they need to prioritise the NHS.”

The day of action, co-ordinated by campaign group 38 Degrees, was held across England with the group estimating more than 10,000 people took part.

The local petition can be signed at: www.38degrees.org.uk/nhs