Colne health protest on Saturday

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Pendle people are set to put their MP candidates to the test with an NHS election protest on Saturday.

The day of action – held just 11 days before the General Election – has been co-ordinated by independent campaign group 38 Degrees. It will see local campaigners talk to hundreds of voters about the importance of protecting the NHS at the general election.

They will take to the streets near the job centre in Colne at 11am, joining thousands of other people protesting on the same day across England.

The campaigners are calling on people in Pendle to vote to protect the NHS in the general election, and will be challenging their MP candidates to protect the NHS from privatisation and funding freezes.

Chris Rowley, a 38 Degrees member from Pendle, said: “Our NHS has always been there for me and my family when we’ve needed it.

“But some politicians seem determined to break it up and sell the profitable parts off to the highest bidder.

“The thought of my family being cared for by profit-making companies really scares me as care will come second to profit.”

David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees said: “On Saturday, people in Pendle will be talking to hundreds of voters about how their vote could protect the NHS this election.

“We want Pendle’s MP candidates to see that the best way to win votes is to pledge to save the NHS from privatisation and funding freezes.

“Every candidate needs to realise that cutting NHS funding, or handing it over as profits for private companies, is a huge turn off for voters.”