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Mirror Campaign ‘Give NHS Heroes A Medal’ backed by all five living ex-PMs

Posted on: April 27, 2020 by Mariella Brown

The Mirror’s campaign Give NHS Heroes A Medal has been backed by all five living former Prime Ministers on today’s front page.

The campaign is to highlight the service of NHS workers fighting coronavirus and calls for official recognition of the courage and sacrifice of frontline NHS workers once the crisis has eased.

The Mirror’s campaign is supported by two Labour and three Conservative former PMs who reportedly ‘put aside their political differences’ to show their support for the scheme.

On today’s front page John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May have contributed their voices to ‘Honour NHS Heroes’.

Labour’s Gordon Brown, who was PM from 2007-2010, told the paper: “There should be the chance, through a medal, to honour brave servants of our country.”

Former PM Theresa May told the Mirror, “They are, as many have said, the very best of us and it is right that we find a way to honour them and say thank you on behalf of us all.”

Tony Blair, 1997-2007, said: “I wholeheartedly support the Mirror’s campaign to recognise the selfless and heroic public servants in our health service who are on the frontline against this terrible virus.”

Medals introduced in the past included an Ebola Medal in 2015 introduced by David Cameron for Britons who helped the response to the Ebola disease in West Africa and an Armed Services medal to thank those serving in the Armed Forces, created during Gordon Brown’s time in office.

The paper has recently awarded 99-year-old army veteran Captain Tom Moore a Mirror Pride of Britain award for his fundraising efforts to support the NHS during the crisis which have now reached £29million.

Other successful campaigns spearheaded by national titles include the Daily Mail’s CARE recognition badge which was last week adopted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock to recognise the work of carers in UK care homes in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the Daily Mirror’s campaign here.