29 October 2017
South Tyneside Green Party welcomed two big names in Green politics to the North East this week.
Last Monday, former Party leader Natalie Bennett paid a visit to South Shields. She took part in a beach clean organised by local party members and she also paid a visit to South Tyneside General Hospital. She heard how the proposed downgrading of our local hospital means the potential loss of several vital services such as children’s A & E, stroke and maternity and she added her name to the 35,000 strong petition to oppose these dangerous cuts.
On Saturday, it was the turn of current co leader Jonathan Bartley to visit Newcastle. He was here to speak at the North East Green Party regional conference, held at Broadacre House in the city.
Jonathan spoke passionately about the North East and about how the region is ready for a new, Green kind of politics. He was keen to add his signature to the Save South Tyneside Hospital campaign petition and he said:
”It is quite clear that this consultation has not been run properly. We’re calling on the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to refer this back to the Secretary of State. They need to think again about these dangerous proposals”
South Tyneside Green Party's David Francis said:
"It is really encouraging that Natalie and Jonathan have recognised the hard work that North East Green Parties are doing, and that they have supported our local campaigning so enthusiastically. Hopefully this will further raise the profile of the hospital campaign. The people of South Tyneside deserve better protection of their access to vital health services."
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