People’s NHS March Arrives in London

The People’s March for the NHS will arrive at its destination in London this Saturday, 6 September, when campaigners will be joined by thousands of demonstrators for the final leg from Red Lion Square to Westminster.

999 NHS March picStarted by a group of working mums from Darlington committed to stopping the privatisation of the NHS, the ‘999 Call for the NHS’ march left Jarrow on 16 August and has been winding down the country for the last three weeks following the route of the original Jarrow Crusade.

The final leg of the march will start at 2.30pm from Red Lion Square, Holborn, in London, with campaigners gathering from 1.45pm. There will be a rally in Trafalgar Square form 3.30pm with speakers including columnist and author Owen Jones. Further details can be found here.

Clive Efford MP is also introducing a Private Member’s Bill to stop David Cameron’s privatisation. It aims to restore the duty on the Secretary of State to provide healthcare and importantly will repeal the Tory changes which force the market to the heart of the NHS.

Efford’s Bill is due for a Second Reading on 21 November and a petition has been set up to gather support – it can be found here.


More information about the 999 Call for the NHS march is here.

1 Comment

  1. Harry Barnes
    6 September 2014

    On the Sheffield to Chesterield leg of the “People’s March for the NHS”, a stopping off point for refreshments was the Contact Club in Dronfield. The Club having just celebrated its 5Oth Anniversary as is shown here –

    At the time of the original Jarrow March in 1936, the Contact Club did not exist. So the marchers took their break in the neighbouring village of Unstone and sat in a field to eat their apples. There was, however, another Jarrow March against unemployment exactly 50 years later (and shortly after the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5) which stopped off at the Contact Club for a meal break.

    The Contact Club was also the venue (on the exact date) for the 120th Anniversary of the first meeting of the ILP. See –

    It all shows that a joint interest in labour history and in modern-day labour movement activity, can work.

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