May 10, 2018
An Early Day Motion has been tabled in the UK parliament in recognition of M.E. Awareness Week, with a similar motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament too - see below.
Early Day Motions are formal motions submitted to the House of Commons. They allow MPs to draw attention to particular issues, by showing their support for individual motion - you contact your MP to ask him to do this using our template. You can find the contact details for your MP on the UK Parliament website, whether you wish to contact them by email, phone or letter.
The motion has been tabled by Carol Monaghan MP (Scottish National Party, Glasgow North West), who led the recent Westminster Hall debate on the PACE trial. She has since become Vice-Chairman of Forward M.E., convened by the Countess of Mar to raise awareness of M.E. in parliament.
The Early Day Motion on M.E. Awareness Week 2018 (EDM 1247) says:
“That this House recognises Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) Awareness Week from 6 to 12 May 2018, which aims to highlight the impact this invisible illness has on 250,000 people across the UK; recognises the fantastic work campaigners and charities are doing to highlight M.E. as a physical condition which is not all in the mind; acknowledges the detrimental effect of the PACE trials and its results, and the work which is being done to reverse this; and encourages people to go blue for M.E. across the week, to further bring this illness out of the shadows and into the spotlight.”
After hosting our This is M.E. event in Holyrood on Wednesday 9 May, and meeting people affected by M.E., Gail Ross, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, has tabled a motion for debate, with the aim of raising awareness about M.E.
Motion S5M-12207 on M.E. Awareness Week says:
"That the Parliament celebrates ME Awareness Week, which ran from 7 to 13 May 2018; acknowledges that people with ME, their families and ME organisations worked hard during the week to highlight the lived experience of people with ME/CFS; notes that many people with ME attended a reception at the Parliament on 9 May, which was organised by Action for ME and sought to raise awareness of the condition, and thanks all those with ME who attended this and other events around the country to share their stories."