23 April 2013
candidates march to defend Stafford Hospital
and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates are standing on 2 May
in all the four divisions covering the centre of Stafford and across Staffordshire – in Rugeley, Burton-on-Trent, Leek and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Last weekend TUSC supporters joined the 50,000-strong march to defend Stafford hospital and to stop the
privatisation agenda pursued by the previous Labour government and the Con
activist Josie Shelley is standing in Stafford North, alongside NHS worker John
Barbrook in Stafford South East, local teacher Jim Reading in Stafford Central,
and former Stafford
Borough Labour councillor Scott Wilson in Stafford West.
explained why she was on the march: “As a TUSC
supporter and candidate in Stafford North I'm supporting this magnificent march
and the fight to save Stafford hospital but I also believe that we
need to remind people of the damage that Labour, Tories and Lib Dems have done
to our hospital.
“It would be
great if we save acute services but the issue still remains about under-funding
and the threat of privatisation that will now be easier with the help of the
Health & Social Care Act. We need to get rid of it”.
TUSC had four campaigning stalls at the
march and rally. Over 1,000 people signed a petition calling for an end to the
Health and Social Care Act which opens the door for even greater privatisation
of the NHS. Five thousand TUSC leaflets were
For other TUSC candidates across Staffordshire checkout www.tuscstafford.org.uk