The Keep Our St Helier Hospital Party (KOSHH Party) announced it was running six prospective candidates last month and we were delighted when the Wimbledon Guardian broke the story. The local Guardian newspapers have been very diligent in their ongoing coverage of the fight to save St Helier Hospital from cuts including A&E, maternity, renal and the children's hospital.
Click here to read the story on the Wimbledon Guardian website.
So far, we have had a very positive response to the announcement of the new party as well as a few interesting reactions (but that was to be expected...).
The comments at the end of the Wimbledon Guardian article make for some interesting reading - and we must thank one Niki Rosenbaum, a Labour Party candidate, for her words of encouragement. The KOSHH Party welcomes and indeed encourages candidates from all political parties to show their support for St Helier Hospital in both word and deed.
Quite simply, we would like to see every candidate running for election for Merton and Sutton Councils publicly commit to supporting St Helier Hospital and fighting any cuts to vital services. For the candidates representing the major parties, we challenge them to lobby their colleagues in Westminster to support the hospital and, for those whose colleagues voted for Clause 119, we challenge local candidates to speak out against this decision.
Our announcement has generated some discussion on Facebook as well as via our new Twitter account. Be sure to follow us - our Twitter handle is @KOSHHParty