I thank my colleagues the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes), the right hon. Member for Barking (Margaret Hodge), the hon. Member for Dagenham and Rainham (Jon Cruddas), my hon. Friends the Members for Hornchurch and Upminster (Angela Watkinson) and for Romford (Andrew Rosindell), my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (John Cryer) and all the volunteers who have helped to get the exceptional number of 32,000 signatures to this petition on the accident and emergency and maternity services at King George hospital.
The petition reads:
The Petition of the residents of North East London and others.
Declares that the Petitioners believe that the proposed closure of accident and emergency and maternity wards at King George Hospital Redbridge would not be in the best interests of the people living in these constituencies.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all possible steps to stop the proposed closure of the A&E and maternity wards at King George Hospital.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.