Sheffield’s Labour MPs support NHS march

Sheffield Labour MPs are supporting the People’s March for the NHS which is currently passing through the city.

The march from Jarrow to Westminster to protest against cuts and privatisation of NHS services is will follow a route from Hillsborough Park to Weston Park today.

Marchers will then proceed from Sheffield Town Hall tomorrow to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital before walking through Nether Edge and Woodseats.

Labour candidate for Sheffield Hallam, Oliver Coppard, will attend the march on both days.

Tomorrow Clive Betts, Labour MP for Sheffield South East, will join the march at the Town Hall. Later Meg Munn, Labour MP for Sheffield, Heeley, will greet marchers at Woodseats Road and will walk with them to the Sheffield border.

Ms Munn said: “The marchers are highlighting the negative impact government changes to the NHS are having on ordinary people.”

Angela Smith, Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, David Blunkett, Labour MP for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough, and Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, are unable to attend but have sent messages of support.

Mr Blomfield said: “What’s precious about the NHS is it’s based on people not profits.

“When Nye Bevan founded the NHS in 1948, he said it ‘will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it’.

“This has never been more true, and the People’s March has never been more needed.”