Almost 60,000 people have signed a government petition to stop the closure of Huddersfield’s A&E dapartment.

And campaigners who hope to hit the magical 100,000 signatures milestone have also celebrated another landmark.

They claim to have support from every corner of the UK for the campaign.

The number of signatures on the Parliamentary petition site hit 59,326 by last night and protesters expect it to get another huge boost with a march and rally planned for Huddersfield on Saturday.

They have also been logging details of where the support has come from and claim that every constituency in Britain now has someone supporting the fight to keep full services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

If and when the petition reaches 100,000 there will be a debate in the Commons.

Several other petitions are circulating but campaigners have stressed that online signatures are needed on the Parliamentary site to push for the debate.

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A spokesman said: “The written petition cannot be counted towards the 100,000 signatures needed but the written petition can be presented to the petition committee at the same time to add weight.

“A written petition could also be used other ways. More than one copy could be made to present to the Clinical Commissioning Groups or on the steps of number 10 to give to the Prime Minister”.

To sign the online petition go to