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This month people will be taking to the streets as part of the organisation 999 Call For The NHS. They are marching from Newcastle to London, following the route of the Jarrow Crusade in order to oppose the privatisation of the NHS and the dismantling of our health service through cuts. The marchers, led by a group of Darlington mothers, will present a petition calling on MPs to safeguard the future of the NHS.

Jarrow NHS 1The march will be arriving in Harrogate on Thursday 21st August around 5.00 in the evening. There will be a reception for the marchers at 5.15 at St. Peter’s Church on Cambridge Road in the town centre. Everyone is invited to come along and show their support for the NHS and welcome the marchers to Harrogate. 

The marchers will leave Harrogate at around 9.00 on the morning of Friday 22nd August from the Oatlands Stray (near Harrogate Hospital), en route to Leeds. All are welcome to come and see the marchers off or join the march if possible.

NHS (1)Street Stalls

There are 2 street stalls to publicise the march in Harrogate. Harrogate Socialists will be joining with members of the Green Party, the local Labour Party and other community activists, under the banner of “Harrogate Keep Our NHS Public”.

The stalls will be on Saturday 9th & 16th August on Cambridge Street, near St. Peter’s Church in the town centre from 11.00-1.00. Please join us if you can to show your support.

We are also planning leafleting sessions outside Harrogate Hospital. The dates for these sessions should be advertised shortly.

Branch Meeting

The next branch meeting of the Socialist Party in Harrogate will be on Wednesday 13 August, 7.30pm in the Catholic Club. The meeting will be on the “NHS Under Threat”.

For further details about the march nationally, please see the following link:

For more information on Keep Our NHS Public, see: http://www.keepournhspublic.com/index.php

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