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Valley's Labour Party celebrates NHS 70th birthday

The local Labour party's stall in Clitheroe on Saturday
The local Labour party's stall in Clitheroe on Saturday
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Hundreds of Clitheroe people signed a huge birthday card for the NHS as the service turns 70 this month.

And to help celebrate the anniversary, Ribble Valley Labour Party members gave out over 150 birthday cupcakes to passers-by in Clitheroe on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The huge NHS birthday card

The huge NHS birthday card

“The NHS is the crowning glory of our country and was established by the Labour Party in 1948," said Giles Bridge, chair of the party's Ribble Valley branch.

“It is a much-loved and vitally necessary institution as was shown by many of the comments written on our giant birthday card. For example, one person thanked the NHS for saving their son's life.

“Unfortunately, under-funding and creeping privatisation is damaging the NHS. A Labour Government would halt Tory hospital closures, ensure safe staffing levels, reintroduce

funding for health-related degrees and stand up for patients’ rights to high quality and timely care, free at the point of delivery,” he added.

Delicious cupcakes were handed out

Delicious cupcakes were handed out

Nationally, the Labour Party is collecting signatures wishing the NHS a happy birthday. To add your name go to www.labour.org.uk/nhs70