Sunday, March 19, 2017

Full House at the Town Hall for the Save KGH A&E Rally

Bill Shankly was wrong. There is something more important than football. If you’re dead you can’t go and watch football and MOTD is not an option. And so it came to pass that Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, himself a testament to NHS emergency care, did not use his season ticket for the West Ham home game against the champions Leicester City last Saturday afternoon. Instead he was on the march from Valentines Park to Ilford Town Hall and the Rally where he and others spoke to Save our A&E at King George Hospital.

If you were there, you know what happened and what was said. If you have different priorities and were out on the doorstep canvassing in Clayhall, South Woodford or Churchfields then you are obviously not interested, so I’m not going to tell you.

This march and rally was a community, cross party event. As well as Mike there was Wes Streeting, MP Ilford North, Leader of the Council Jas Athwal, Leader of the opposition Paul Canal and Keith Prince, Barkingside councillor and our Assembly Member at the GLA, plus a local GP and other faith speakers. But most of all it was Andy Walker, a tireless campaigner on this subject. He put his hand in his pocket to pay for this, the hire of the hall alone was £960, and we, Barkingside 21, have contributed to the cause. You may wish to do likewise, click here.

We leave this post where we came in, but with one of ours, a long time campaigner for KGH and former B21 committee member, who didn’t make it.

Bill Howe, RIP


  1. Video recording at