A UNISON health steward is standing against Blair loyalist Stephen Hepburn in the Jarrow constituency. Roger Nettleship's platform is "Save the National Health Service!", opposing NHS cuts and privatisation .
Roger says his decision to stand followed discussions among local NHS union activists. Although the state of the NHS is the key issue for his campaign, it is about much more than hospitals" "The private sector is utilising the public services in Britain as a source of huge profits. PFI in schools and hospitals is now netting big business billions of pounds in profits - funds which could have been invested in the health, education and public services. I'm standing to represent health workers, and all of the working class, against that trend, and against war, racism, privatisation and fascism. Working class people need to have candidates who reflect their interests."