LABOUR Party leader Keir Starmer visited a Harlow hospital to pay tribute to NHS staff.

Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labour Party, visited the emergency department and Same Day Emergency Care Unit at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

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They had the opportunity to meet hospital staff and find out more about the increasing demand for emergency care services and plans for a new hospital.

Following the visit, Mr Starmer and Ms Rayner attended the Harlow Ambulance Station to meet with their teams.

Mr Starmer said: "By visiting the hospital today, it was clear to me that each and every one of you is working over and above to meet the care needs of the area.

"The NHS is personal for me as my wife works in the NHS, her sister works in the NHS, and my sister is a care worker.

"I know how hard you are all working in often challenging circumstances.

"On behalf of the Labour Party, I want to thank you for everything you do."

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Lance McCarthy, the chief executive, said: "We were delighted to welcome Mr Starmer and Ms Rayner to our hospital today.

"It was fantastic to introduce them to our amazing people and showcase the services we provide.

"Thank you to Keir and Angela, and our teams who took part in the special visit."

Hattie Llewelyn-Davies, chair for the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, added: "We were proud to have the opportunity to demonstrate the wonderful achievements of our people and their hard work and dedication.

"My thanks to all involved – it was a great occasion."