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Will your MP be at next week's APPG on M.E. meeting?

August 31, 2016

This week Action for M.E. has been contacting members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on M.E. to encourage them to attend its Annual General Meeting next week.

Taking place on Wednesday 7 September, 1pm to 2.30pm in Room S at Portcullis House, the meeting will be supported by APPG charity partners, including Action for M.E., who provide the joint Secretariat for the group along with the ME Association.

Parliamentarians at the meeting will discuss and agree recommendations for the APPG's ongoing inquiry into the provision of social care for M.E., and plan further work to undertake over the next 12 months.

We know that direct contact from constituents is the most effective way of encouraging MPs to take action. Might you be able to spare a few minutes to encourage your MP to attend the meeting? 

You can:

  • find out if your MP is already a member on our APPG page - though they don't have to be to attend, and all parliamentarians are welcome
  • send them to this story via Facebook or Twitter
  • or contact them using our template email/letter below - you can find their contact details on the Parliament website.

Thank you for your support.


Template letter

Dear MP’s name

I am one of the 250,000 people in the UK living with the chronic, neurological condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.). M.E. is a widely misunderstood illness, and many of those affected experience considerable barriers in accessing healthcare, welfare benefits and social care.

You can personalise the letter by sharing your personal experience of M.E. here. We recommend keeping it to a single paragraph, as experience tells us that letters kept to one page in length are most effective.

Please would you attend the AGM of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on M.E. on Wednesday 7 September, 1pm to 2.30pm in Room S at Portcullis House? Any time you can spare to attend would be much appreciated.

The agenda includes discussing and agreeing recommendations for the APPG's ongoing inquiry into the provision of social care for M.E., and planning further work to undertake over the next 12 months.

The secretariat for the APPG on M.E. can provide more details and answer any questions you might have, including about joining the APPG, which exists to improve the lives of people with M.E. Please contact the secretariat on policy@actionforme.org.uk or call on 0117 937 6623.

Yours sincerely

Your name