South Leeds: Demo against ‘sale of the NHS’

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Residents in Rothwell have gathered to call for politicians to help prevent “the sale of our NHS” as part of a trade deal.

A protest event against the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, now generally known as TTIP, took place at the Temple Lawn Community Centre.

The deal, aimed at cutting tariffs and regulatory barriers to trade between the US and EU countries, is seen by many as a means of privatising the NHS.

Protesters put ‘stop the sale’ signs outside houses on Rothwell’s John O’Gaunts estate last week.

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Resident Lorraine Summers said: “Unless the NHS is taken out of this trade deal then it faces irreversible privatisation.”

She also called on Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke to urge David Cameron to exclude the NHS from the TTIP deal.

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