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Martin Bell had a very distinguished career as a War Reporter and foreign correspondent with the BBC. Often known as “The Man in the White Suit” and was appointed an OBE in 1992. Subsequently, he became MP for Tatton- from 1997 until 2001- standing as an Independent.
Martin is a UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies.
Jeremy Corbyn MP served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2020. Jeremy has been MP for Islington North since 1983. His activism has included roles in Anti-Fascist Action, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and Stop the War Coalition.
He is also a committed supporter of a publicly owned and run NHS.
John Crace is a Journalist and Critic. He is the author of “The Digested Read” column in The Guardian and is that Paper’s Parliamentary Sketch Writer.
Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP for Denton and Reddish and has been since 2005.
He has recently been appointed to Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and is a member of Unite and the Co-operative Party.
Michael Frayn is one of this country’s foremost playwrights and novelists. He is possibly best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and for his other dramas- Copenhagen and Democracy. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong and Spies.
Dr Phil Hammond qualified as an NHS GP and currently works in a specialist NHS centre for children and adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. He is a journalist known for his Private Eye column Medicine Balls and a campaigner who lost his BBC job over plans to stand against Jacob Rees Mogg in the General Election.
Julie Hesmondhalgh is an actor famous for starring roles on British television shows such as Coronation Street and Broadchurch. She has long been a supporter of Keep Our NHS Public and we are proud to now have her on board as a Patron.
Baroness Margaret Jay, Leader of the House of Lords, worked as a journalist on leading news programmes, including for the BBC on “Panorama” and for Thames Television on “This Week”.
She has always had a strong interest in healthcare. She was a Founder/Director of the National Aids trust in 1987. She became Health Spokesman and Minister for Women in the House of Lords in 1997.
Owen Jones is a journalist, commentator and political activist. He writes a column for The Guardian and also features in the New Statesman. He has written two books, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class was published in 2011 and The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It in 2014.
Adam Kay is a former junior doctor and the author of a Sunday times bestseller. His recent book, This is Going to Hurt - Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, has received international acclaim. Adam’s book is a colourful memoir of his time working in the NHS. Adam is passionate about standing up for our NHS and those who work in it. He is also an award-winning comedian and writes for film and television.
Lau are a three piece Folk band from Scotland and England. They have won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Band award four times. They often perform with pro-NHS banners and signs on stage with them and we are delighted to have them on board as Patrons.
Paul Laverty is a scriptwriter and lawyer. He has written and collaborated with Ken Loach on many occasions including The Wind that Shakes the Barley and the recent I, Daniel Blake. Like Loach his work is often political and portrays socially conscious themes.
Ken Loach, world-famous film and television director, twice winner of Cannes' Palme d'Or, is renowned for the socially conscious themes in his work. Kes, Cathy Come Home, The Wind That Shakes the Barley and I, Daniel Blake are just four of his notable contributions to the British film industry. He has spoken at numerous rallies and demonstrations calling for more funding and an end to privatisation in the NHS.
Caroline Lucas Green MP, Brighton Pavilion, is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty, as well as Vice Chair of the Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups.
She is also a member of the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.
Professor Neena Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London, Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Immediate Past-President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and President-Elect of the UK Medical Women’s Federation.
Neena champions the necessity for a sound evidence-base for health policy and practice, an end to gender-based and other disparities, and the health equity that flows from a publicly funded, publicly provided health service.
Baroness Molly Meacher worked in the NHS over many years, as a social worker and ultimately as Board Member and Chair of the East London NHS Foundation Trust. She was also a Mental Health Act Commissioner in the 1990s.
Oneworld Press was founded in 1986 by husband and wife team Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar as an independent publishing house focusing on stimulating non-fiction. They are the publishers of NHS SOS and of the last two Booker Prize winners.
Michael Rosen is the author of over 140 books of poetry, stories and cultural politics. He was the UK’s Children’s Laureate 2007–9 and is currently Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-devised and co-tutors the MA in Children’s Literature. He has won numerous international awards for his work.
Alison Steadman OBE is an award-winning actress and is well-known for her notable television roles in ‘Gavin & Stacey’; ‘Hold The Sunset’; ‘Pride and Prejudice’; and BAFTA nominated ‘Care’. Earlier in her career, she won the 1991 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the Mike Leigh film ‘Life is Sweet’, and the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in the original production of ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’. She also received BAFTA TV Award nominations for the 1986 BBC serial ‘The Singing Detective’, and in 2001 for the ITV drama series ‘Fat Friends’.
Peter Stafenovic is a lawyer, journalist, filmmaker, political and social commentator, media personality and campaigner who is well known for his film, Debunking Political Deceit.
Aneira Thomas was named after national health service founder Aneurin Bevan, Aneira Thomas is the first baby to be born in the NHS and as a former nurse, is a true advocate for the service. Aneira often tells of a time before 1948 when family members died or suffered great hardship for want of medical attention. Aneira gives much of her time to speaking to the media and making public appearances in defence of our NHS.
Claire Tomalin is an English author and journalist best known for her biographies on Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen, and Mary Wollstonecraft.
Salley Vickers has written many novels including the best selling Miss Garnet’s Angel and The Cleaner of Chartres. The others include Dancing Backwards, Mr Golightly’s Holiday, The Other Side of You, Cousins and, published this month, The Librarian.