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Labour leadership candidates back Mirror’s medal campaign for NHS workers

Labour's leadership candidates have called for heroic frontline NHS workers to be awarded a medal for their role in the coronavirus fight.

Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy all back the Mirror's campaign to recognise the commitment of doctors, nurses, carers and paramedics to saving lives.

Hundreds of thousands of NHS and social care staff are treating patients hit by Covid-19 - with the public already showing their gratitude by giving them a huge round of applause from doorsteps across the land last week.

Mr Starmer, the favourite to be declared Labour leader this Saturday, told the Mirror: "I fully support the Mirror's campaign. The staff working in our NHS and social care services are national heroes.

"They are on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus and we will owe them a huge debt of gratitude for decades to come."

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Ms Long-Bailey added: "The dedication and selflessness of NHS staff is an inspiration to us all. They're putting their own lives at risk to save thousands, and we should do all we can as a country to ensure they know we all support and appreciate them. They do literally deserve a medal."

A cross-party group of MPs, led by Lib Dem Layla Moran and Labour's David Lammy, also backed the campaign.

"I fully support the Mirror's campaign. The staff working in our NHS and social care services are national heroes. They are on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus and we will owe them a huge debt of gratitude for decades to come."

Last week Britain came to a standstill tonight as we paid tribute to our brilliant NHS carers.

Clap for our Carers saw many of us on our doorstep, balcony or window from home as we took a minute to applaud all of our tremendous NHS workers, from the catering staff to GPs.

And it wasn't just the NHS staff we thanked. Posties, milkmen and women, delivery drivers, supermarket staff and zero-hour carers, you have all played your part in keeping Britain united during the coronavirus  pandemic.

Many of you shared videos of yourselves applauding, whilst some painted their bodies blue, wore blue accessories and turned their social media backgrounds blue.

The official NHS  Twitter  account tweeted: "That was emotional."

The Royal Family also got involved, with Kensington Palace posting a video on  Instagram  of Charlotte, George and Louis all applauding.

Kensington Royal tweeted: "To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you."

The Queen said the country is "enormously thankful" for the commitment of all those working in science, health and the emergency and public services, as the royal family joined the Clap for Carers public display.

In the message posted on the royal family's official Instagram account, the Queen said: "We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services."

The post featured a video of the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, who all clapped after Edward paid tribute to workers.

He said: "So from all of us just a huge thank you to so many of you working on the frontline - you're really appreciated keep up the fantastic work."



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