Labour leadership frontrunner Andy Burnham to visit South Tyneside

Leigh MP Andy Burnham
Leigh MP Andy Burnham

A leading candidate to become the next leader of the Labour Party will have his credentials tested by local activists on a visit to South Tyneside this weekend.

 During a hustings stopover in the region on Sunday, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham will take part in a question and answer session at the town’s Civic Hall, in Ellison Street, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Palmers Community Hospital, Jarrow

Palmers Community Hospital, Jarrow

He will be there as a guest of Jarrow Constituency Labour Party (CLP). And one of the questions bound to be on the agenda is the future of Jarrow Walk-in Centre, currently based at Palmer Community Hospital.

Before the General Election, Mr Burnham pledged to retain the service in Jarrow, rather than transfer it to a new urgent care hub in the grounds of the borough’s district hospital – if Labour was elected.

Wilf Flynn, secretary of Jarrow CLP and a supporter of Mr Burnham for the leadership, said: “Andy did say he’d save the walk-in centre if he became a cabinet minister. Sadly, that didn’t happen, but I’m sure the future of the centre will be addressed.”

Party members from Jarrow, South Shields and across Tyne and Wear have been invited along.