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Q&A: Andy Walker, Save King George A&E campaigner

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 August 2017

Health campaigner Andy Walker. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Health campaigner Andy Walker. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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In our latest Q&A with Redbridge residents, we spoke to Andy Walker who is part of the team campaigning to save King George Hospital’s A&E.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I was born in King George Hospital, I went to William Torbitt Primary School, in Newbury Park, and Mayfield School, in Goodmayes. I live in Blythswood Road, Seven Kings. I’m part of the team trying to save King George Hospital’s A&E.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

We are so well connected, it’s easy to get into town and we are so close to the countryside. I love walking around Hainault Forest Country Park. It’s lovely to have the best of both worlds, to get into London and go to the theatre and have all of our green spaces.

What one thing would you change?

*Laughing* I would keep King George’s A&E open.

Use three words to describe the area?

Great, brilliant and wonderful.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Tony Benn, because he could have had a conventional career, and become more powerful, but he stood up for what he believed in even though that cost him power.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

I would put the minimum wage up to £10 an hour. Living in London already costs enough, for 40 hours of work people should get £400.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

How to improve our local government, because if you improve your local government you improve health services, education and all of these other things.

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