Michael Sheen's rousing St David's Day speech about the importance of the NHS

The actor spoke about the importance of standing up for what you believe

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Michael Sheen boomed his disapproval of NHS privatisation at a St David's Day march in Tredegar, South Wales, on Sunday.

Speaking against the Conservative Party's austerity cuts to the British health service, actor Sheen bellowed that it was a far cry from the original passion that underpinned the NHS at its birth and praised its architect, Nye Bevan.

"It was long term, it was far reaching. Visionary in its scope and revolutionary in its effect. He [Bevan] had cast-iron integrity and a raging passion," Sheen said. "This was a man who had no fear in standing up for what he believed in, and he made no bones about how he felt. This is a man who publicly stated: 'No amount of cajolery, no attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep, burning hatred for the Tory Party.'"

Sheen, who lives in Los Angeles, described David Cameron's party as "Sniffing around for markets to exploit, for weakness to expose." He added: "They won't say it of course, they're too smart for that." Urging his audience to keep fighting against cuts, Sheen said: "This is about who we want to be as a nation, and what we believe is worth fighting for. Too many people have given too much and fought too hard for us to give away what they achieved, and to be left with so very little."