Petition to ‘Save our NHS’ handed to MP candidate

Ian Howie (right) and Peter Ingram handing over the petition to Liberal Democrats candidate Robert Adamson.
Ian Howie (right) and Peter Ingram handing over the petition to Liberal Democrats candidate Robert Adamson.

Pocklington campaigners have handed over a ‘save our NHS’ petition to an East Yorkshire MP candidate.

The petition calls on the MP candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections to do everything they can to protect the NHS from funding squeezes, privatisation, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States - if they are elected. In total, 129 people signed the petition in Pocklington last Saturday, which was handed to Liberal Democrats candidate Robert Adamson, who was the only MP candidate to attend, although all were invited.

In addition to the 129 signatures, another 800 people across East Yorkshire have signed the petition, and more than 600,000 across the whole of the UK.

The petition was handed over by Ian Howie, of Edward Street, Pocklington, a member of independent campaign group 38 Degrees, and three other members of the group.

Mr Howie said: “It’s very heartening that the petition received such a positive response in Pocklington on Saturday. Lots of people told us about how important a free, public NHS is to them and their families.”

38 Degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities, with more than three million members. 38 Degrees brings people together to take action on the issues that matter to them. As well as Robert Adamson, the other candidates vying for the role of East Yorkshire MP including sitting MP, Conservative Sir Greg Knight, Labour’s Kevin Hickson, Stewart Arnold, representing Yorkshire First, the Green Party’s Mark Maloney and UKIP’s Stephanie Todd.