On Friday 29th June, the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn visited Livingston to speak to a public rally at Howden Park Centre.
Corbyn was joined by Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard; local MSP Neil Findlay; and the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the Westminster seat of Livingston, Rhea Wolfson.
July 5th marks 70 years since the foundation of the NHS by a radical Labour government.
Corbyn, Findlay, and Leonard all spoke decisively about the need to invest in our NHS and resist the cuts being forced upon health boards by the SNP and Tories.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“We are suffering an ongoing GP crisis across Lothian, with over half of Scotland’s closed waiting lists in our region. On top of that, we’ve just had a damning report about a culture of bullying surrounding waiting times in our hospitals.
“The situation is very worrying.
“That’s why almost a year after St. John’s Children’s ward was closed to in-patients out of hours Jeremy Corbyn has come to Livingston to put forward our message of hope and investment for our most treasured public institution.
“Labour will revitalise the NHS with long term investment and a truly radical plan to tackle the staffing shortage in Scotland. Lothian deserves better than this.”
Jeremy Corbyn MP said:
“The NHS is Labour’s proudest achievement. NHS values – everybody looking after everybody else – are Labour values.
“Labour will give the NHS the money it needs because we’re not afraid make the richest in our society pay their fair share. And we’ll put people’s health before the profits of the few by ending NHS privatisation.
“Our Government will invest in every region and nation. At the last election, we set out how we would provide an extra £3 billion per year by 2022 for the Scottish government to spend on schools, hospitals and homes.
“With a Labour Government in Westminster, and a Labour Government, led by Richard Leonard, in Holyrood, we can give everybody in Scotland the best possible chance in life.