Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, joined hundreds of people to stand up for the NHS at a rally in Tredegar this weekend, the birthplace of NHS founder Aneurin “Nye” Bevan.
Around 300 people marched from Tredegar clock tower to Bedwellty Park on St David’s Day, despite sleet and wind buffeting their placards.
The event was organised by 999NHSTredegar in conjunction with members of the famous People’s March for the NHS. The People’s March for the NHS was started by a group of mothers from Darlington who marched 300 miles from Jarrow to London last summer in protest at NHS privatisation in England under the Tory-led Government.
The march in Tredegar was attended by local people as well as celebrities who travelled long distances to be there. Hollywood actor Michael Sheen was the special guest at the event and made a passionate speech in support of the NHS and expressed his vehement opposition to NHS privatisation. West End star Katy Treharne, from Nantyglo, sang songs from Phantom of the Opera as the rally closed.
Huw was joined by Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith at the march. Both MPs stood up to speak to the assembled crowd of people who had come out to support the NHS.
Speaking to the assembled crowds, Huw said, ‘The NHS is an institution that is relied upon and greatly valued throughout our country. A health service that is free for every single person at the point of delivery epitomises a society that looks after and respects every individual.’
‘Where the NHS falls below expected standards, we must act, but it is essential that our National Health Service stays true to Nye Bevan’s vision.’
For more information, visit peoplesvotefornhs.org.uk.