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Will your MP attend the APPG for M.E. in March?

February 20, 2020

The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for M.E. is taking place on Tuesday 3 March where the focus will be on biomedical research.

You can still invite your MP to attend this meeting and hear from Prof Chris Ponting, who is leading the M.E./CFS Biomedical Partnership's grant application to the Medical Research Council. Joining Prof Ponting will be our Medical Advisor Dr Julia Newton and a representative from the UK M.E./CFS biobank.


What is an APPG?

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal cross-party groups of MPs and Members of the House of Lords. They meet regularly to discuss, campaign and promote certain issues, in this case M.E. When effective, they are a great means of spreading awareness of an issue within Parliament and the media. At the inaugural meeting of the APPG for M.E. in January, the group agreed to focus on:

  • biomedical research
  • access to healthcare
  • access to financial support and welfare benefits
  • children and young people with M.E.

The group will look to produce a report on these key issues which can be used to lobby the Government to improve the lives of people with M.E.


How can I get my MP involved?

You can email your MP or call their office by using the details found on the Parliament website. We've provided a template as follows for those that need it.

Dear YOUR MP'S NAME

I am writing as one of your constituents to ask that you attend the next meeting of the APPG for M.E. being held on Tuesday 3 March at 1pm. The group is chaired by Carol Monaghan MP.

M.E. is a long-term (chronic), fluctuating, neurological condition that causes symptoms affecting many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune systems. It is an often misunderstood condition that affects roughly 400 children and adults in our constituency.

At this next meeting, you can hear about the latest biomedical research from Prof Chris Ponting and meet Action for M.E.’s Medical Advisor, Prof Julia Newton.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Action for M.E. to find out more about the condition and what you can do to help people like me. You can email Sam Bromiley at the charity on sam@actionforme.org.uk or call on 0117 927 9551.

Kind regards

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