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General election: next steps

December 13, 2019

After the results of the general election, you may have some questions about how the result will affect you and your family. As part of our work, we will be looking at the promises made in the Conservative’s manifesto and have plans to create a simple guide considering the key issues and promises that have been made so that you can hold your MP to account.

In November, we contacted 1500 General Election candidates and received pledges to meet with almost 300 candidates across parties. We are currently reviewing this list to see which candidates were successful in the election and will be reaching out to ask them to take a stand for people with M.E. in parliament. As part of this, we will ask them to consider issues including healthcare, welfare, research, social care and education.

In the responses from candidates we have heard a number of stories from those who have personal experience of the condition, through either a family member, friend or even have the condition themselves. If you want to make sure your MP is on our list, you can still reach out and ask them to meet us in the New Year to find out more about what they can do. You can find out who your MP is here and can contact them using the email template below.

Action for M.E. will continue to engage with Government consultations to ensure that the voice of people with M.E. are represented and will use the data from our Big Survey to show the impact the condition has.

Dear ___,

I know you are busy in your constituency but I would be grateful if you could spend just a couple of minutes to read the information below on behalf of the people in this constituency with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I am writing about this issue as I have been personally impacted by this condition.

Will you pledge to meet with Action for M.E. to discuss how you can work with them to improve the lives of people with M.E.? If you are willing to make this pledge, all you have to do is email Action for M.E.’s Policy Officer saying yes with your name and they will contact you in the new year.

M.E. affects roughly 250,000 men, woman and children in the UK and one in four people with M.E. are severely affected by the condition and are house/bed-bound. This is the equivalent to a person with M.E. living on every street in the UK. Action for M.E.’s 2019 survey of people with M.E. found that 92% have felt socially isolated because of their condition with 4 out of 5 people stopping or reducing paid work. The results also show that 33% of respondents require full or part time care and 1 in 4 said it has affected their decision to have children.

I appreciate that this is a busy time so thank you for reading this e-mail. Just knowing that I have an MP who is committed to standing up for people with M.E. makes a huge difference.

Kind regards,

You can download this template here.