Ed Miliband set Labour on a “two weeks to save the NHS” battleplan as he addressed hundreds of supporters at Leeds Town Hall.
The Labour leader was joined by the shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and actor Richard Wilson to set out the party’s stance on the NHS as the General Election enters the final two weeks.
“You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS because you can’t save the NHS with an IOU,” Mr Miliband told the packed out hall.
He added: “The party of the NHS is being called upon again to fight for it with every breath we have”
At one point Mr Miliband broke off from his NHS battle cry to praise campaigners for getting out on the doorsteps to push the party message.
The leader said Labour was up against a “virtual party” in the Conservatives, which could not get people to campaign for it.
Mr Miliband added: “This is the lesson of history, the Tories have the money but they don’t have people.”
He then told the audience of the hard work of 12-year-old Shardonnay Morton, from Scholes, who had recently requested a selfie picture with Mr Miliband only to be told she could have one on the condition she knocked on 1,00 doors.
“A steep price you might say,” Mr Miliband said, “but she did it for us.”
Also addressing the rally was Elmet and Rothwell Labour candidate Veronica King who said: “I can tell you with hand on heart the difference Labour’s NHS plan will make.”