‘If Jeremy Hunt won’t come to Huddersfield we will come to him.’

That’s the message from #HandsOffHRI who will be joining other campaign groups on a visit to the Department of Health.

The group, fighting to prevent the closure of Huddersfield’s A&E, hopes to join other high profile groups, including Save Lewisham Hospital, in Westminster, on October 10.

Also joining #HandsOffHRI should be Lancashire campaigners Protect Chorley Hospital, Save Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, and Save Dewsbury Hospital.

All are fighting proposed cuts and downgrades at their local hospitals.

Members of #HandsOffHRI decided to organise the London trip after the Department of Health, led by Mr Hunt, said the proposed closure of Huddersfield’s A&E was a ‘local’ issue.

Mr Hunt snubbed an invitation to meet Kirklees councillors earlier this year.

Two coaches, with space for 198 people, will leave St George’s Square at 7.30am on the day.

After a five-hour journey, #HandsOffHRI will join the other campaign groups as well as Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney and Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff.

They then hope to deliver their message to the Department of Health, on Whitehall.

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And if they can get permission, #HandsOffHRI hope to cross the road to Downing Street to make Prime Minister Theresa May aware of Huddersfield’s issue.

Campaign secretary, Nicola Jowett, said the situation in Huddersfield was not just a local issue but part of a wider national picture of cash-strapped hospitals reducing their services to balance the books.

She said: “We invited Mr Hunt to see the issues and he completely ignored the letter which we expected.

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“So if he won’t come to Huddersfield, we will come to him.

“The coaches are open to absolutely anyone that wants to come.

“There should be a nice atmosphere going down and a hopefully an even better atmosphere going back as people might feel they’ve achieved something.”

#HandsOffHRI area group leaders: Nicola Jowett

Nicola added: “It will show people we are serious and the right thing is to take it to someone who can do something about it.”

Tickets (£15 including a #HandsOffHRI t-shirt) are available at all upcoming #HandsOffHRI events.

These include stalls at Kingsgate on August 13, 20 and 27 and Funday Sunday, in Greenhead Park, on September 4.

For more information email hohri.secretary@gmail.com.