It’s Our NHS – Southend in London

Southend Labour banner before the march with party members from South Essex.
Southend Labour banner before the march with party members from South Essex.

I caught the bus outside the Palace theatre, organised by the Unison union, to travel into London this morning to take part in the national demo to save our NHS from being dismantled and privatised by the Tory government. From Southend and along the way at Leigh, Hadleigh and Benfleet we picked some 50 people and were joined by many more from south Essex who made their way by train or car.

Southend Unison with Southend Labour and Southend Keep Our NHS Public banners behind.
Southend Unison with Southend Labour and Southend Keep Our NHS Public banners behind.

The weather was kind and the march was good humoured and well organised, leaving Tavistock Square at 12pm and gathering in Parliament Square from around 2:30pm. I met people from as far afield as Plymouth and Manchester and am sure some even travelled greater distances to make their feelings known and voice heard. In total the estimates of numbers were in hundreds of thousands, with possibly up to 250,000 assembling to hear Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, Unite Union leader Len McClusky, singer Billy Bragg and many more speak at the rally.

More photos from the day – click to see larger versions

Southend Labour marches on.
Southend Labour marches on.
Southend KONP
Southend KONP
Southend TUC
Southend TUC

Parliament Square rally.
Parliament Square rally.

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