Director Ken Loach to visit Leeds tonight for screening of Spirit of '45 NHS film in support of Labour

Director Ken Loach is due to appear in Leeds tonight for a screening of a film he made about the creation of the NHS as part of Labour's general election campaign.

By John Blow
Thursday, 21st November 2019, 11:45 am

The Spirit of ’45 will be shown at Pudsey Civic Hall from 7pm followed by a Q&A with the director, who is backing the party's parliamentary candidate for Pudsey, Jane Aitchison.

Mr Loach said: “This is a really critical election and we desperately need to get Labour candidates elected.

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Ken Loach.

"It’s a pleasure to support brilliant candidates like Jane and all the other Labour candidates in Leeds.

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Labour's John McDonnell with Jane Aitchison. Picture: Steve Riding.

Mr Loach directed the classic Yorkshire film Kes (1969), which explored the bond of a young boy, Billy Casper, and a kestrel.

He also won plaudits for I, Daniel Blake, but had been prolific in his output for decades.

Ms Aitchison said: “We’re delighted to have Ken here in Pudsey at our screening of The Spirit of ’45. Labour created the NHS but the Tories have presided over years of neglect.

"Labour will deliver the real change the NHS needs – more nurses and doctors, cuts to waiting times and an end to privatisation. We will ensure everybody gets the care they need with free prescriptions and free personal social care.”