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Campaign this Saturday to save the NHS

The tabloids like to tell us “the NHS is broken” and that the burgeoning waiting times in A&E, and the shortage of hospital beds, are caused by health tourism and feckless people who can’t be bothered to go to their GP. Whatever this Tory Government and the media say, however, the quality and cost effectiveness of the NHS is still considered by respected research organisations, such as the King’s Fund, to be the world’s best rich-country health system. 

How long can this last, though, when the Government refuses to fund the NHS in line with inflation, population growth and the additional cost of new, expensive procedures? The stronger economies in the EU fund their health services 2-3% above ours – and the gap is growing. In a comparison of the number of hospital beds, our NHS had 5.5 fewer per 1,000 people than Germany. In addition, we are fast losing our GPs, hospital doctors and nurses because of overwork and the Government’s refusal to fund adequate training and facilities.

 

Islington residents know how important the NHS is to their quality of life. At the last Campaign Day in November, in a few hours Islington Labour members gathered 1,000 signatures (more than 650 in Islington South) for the petition asking Theresa May for extra funds.

 

This time, we are focusing on door knocking to get our message across:

The NHS is vital for our nation. Tell the Government to stop wasting money on privatisation and re-organisations; give it the funds it needs.

 

JOIN US on Saturday 21 January:

In Islington South: door knocking in St Peter’s – meet at Duncan Terrace Gardens, 11am

In Islington North: door knocking in Highbury East, meet at Highbury Barn, 10am;

door knocking in Tollington, meet at Old Dairy, Crouch Hill, 2pm.

 

By Vivien Cutler, St Peter’s ward

Crisis, what crisis?

Campaign this Saturday to save the NHS The tabloids like to tell us “the NHS is broken” and that the burgeoning waiting times in A&E, and the shortage of hospital...

After a bruising leadership challenge over the summer, Ian Bissell, Canonbury ward, appeals for the Labour Party to now unite to fight the Tories and build the support needed to win the next election. 

The dust has now settled on the second leadership campaign in less than a year. It was a bruising campaign and the division in our Party has not helped our cause. The country is bitterly divided after the narrow victory of the Leave campaign in the EU referendum, and the Tory Party having anointed its new leader.

Racism and intolerance is on the rise and the Tory Government is on a path to severely damaging our economy as it marches relentlessly to the tune of Euroscepticism.

Despite Theresa May’s conference rhetoric of wanting to build “a country that works for everyone”, the behaviour of the Government has not changed one iota and increasingly looks as if it has taken on the mantle of Ukip.

Jeremy Corbyn won a decisive victory in the Labour leadership challenge with 62% of the vote and a majority across all categories of supporters – members, registered supporters and trade union affiliates. During his campaign Jeremy set out ten pledges to rebuild and transform Britain.

  1. Full employment and an economy that works for all
  2. A secure homes guarantee
  3. Security at work
  4. To secure our NHS and social care
  5. A national education service, open to all
  6. Action to secure our environment
  7. To put the “public” back into our economy and services
  8. To cut inequality in income and wealth
  9. Action to secure an equal society
  10. To put peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy

Although more detail is needed to turn the pledges into the basis for policy and an election manifesto, surely they would be supported by everyone in the Party? As the late Jo Cox said: “Far more unites us than divides us.” No matter whom you supported in the leadership challenge, it is now time to unite, to draw on talent across the Party, and to fight the Tories.

It is time to take leadership: to defend our communities against the Tory onslaught; to protect our economy, jobs and hard-won rights as we negotiate a new deal with Europe; and to build the support needed to win the next election so that we can transform Britain into a tolerant and welcoming country where no-one and no community is left behind. 

Time to unite to fight the Tories

After a bruising leadership challenge over the summer, Ian Bissell, Canonbury ward, appeals for the Labour Party to now unite to fight the Tories and build the support needed to win...

Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader there has been a surge of new people joining the Labour Party. Here in Islington South & Finsbury the membership has more than doubled.

There has been an extraordinary growth in Party membership since Jeremy Corbyn became leader: well over half a million members, make it the largest political party in Europe.

Membership in Islington South & Finsbury has more than doubled since September 2015, taking it to 2,582 ordinary members and 345 trade union af liated members. There was a surge in new members (546) immediately following the European Referendum, as there were in many other constituencies.

Labour’s success in Islington is achieved by building strong relationships with local communities – listening to people’s concerns and what they want to achieve for themselves and their children.

Where we can, we use our power in local government to make a difference: to build more social housing; work with local businesses and council contractors to provide apprenticeships and jobs for young people; and improve schools; but we are limited with what we can achieve locally. We need to win back power nationally.

To help Labour win the next election get involved in your local ward. 

Membership doubles

Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader there has been a surge of new people joining the Labour Party. Here in Islington South & Finsbury the membership has more than doubled.

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