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Parliamentary Champions

Our network of Parliamentary Champions are our 'go-to' individuals when engaging with Government and building support for our campaigns more broadly in Parliament and beyond.

Our champions are supportive of our work to create a world without M.E. and give a voice to the estimated 250,000 people in the UK who live with the illness.

What does a Parliamentary Champion do?

Parliamentary Champions support us in raising awareness of M.E. by helping to include M.E. and related issues in parliamentary business and working with media to highlight key campaigns.

MPs and Peers have a wealth of knowledge so parliamentary champions may also suggest other ways to raise the profile of M.E. according to their skillset

Typical activities undertaken by a parliamentary champion may include one or more of the following:

    • Tabling written and oral questions on M.E.
    • Tabling and supporting debates on M.E.
    • Sponsoring events in Parliament.
    • Writing opinion pieces for national and local press.

Meet our champions

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Fleur Anderson MP

“I am delighted to become one of Action for M.E.’s first Parliamentary Champions, and I look forward to working with the charity to push for greater understanding of M.E. in Westminster. As an officer of the APPG on M.E., championing the needs of those living with this debilitating disease is something I have been passionate about.

Becoming a Parliamentary Champion for Action for M.E. is another way I can raise awareness of the experiences of those living with M.E. and push Government for meaningful change to improve their lives.

A great starting point would be for Government to increase funding for research into M.E. as the cross-Government interim delivery plan calls for so that a cure can finally be found and M.E. becomes a thing of the past.”

Image of Carol Monaghan MPCarol Monaghan MP

“As Chair of the APPG on M.E., I am thrilled to become a Parliamentary Champion for Action for M.E. and I stand committed to raising awareness, driving research, and fighting for greater support for those whose lives are affected by this often misunderstood and debilitating condition.

I will continue to challenge the Government to do more legislatively and practically in helping those with M.E. and will remain a vocal advocate for the community in Parliament. Every voice counts in our pursuit of understanding, compassion, and improved quality of life for those living with M.E. and today I commit mine."

Image of Debbie Abrahams MPDebbie Abrahams MP

“I am delighted to become one of Action for M.E.’s first Parliamentary Champions, supporting the charity to raise awareness of M.E. in and beyond Westminster.

Improving the quality of life of people with M.E. is an issue I hold close to my heart and I hope more parliamentarians will take notice and encourage the government to support this endeavour.

The consultation on the cross-Government interim delivery plan on ME/CFS is an important first step but I hope to see greater action in the months and years to come.”

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Baroness Scott

“A close family member was diagnosed with M.E. more than 15 years ago, so I have seen at first hand the devastating impact this condition can have. At one point this person was becoming severely disabled and unable to lead anything which most of us would see as a normal life.

“If that were not bad enough, we saw scepticism and downright hostility in parts of the medical profession as well as a complete lack of understanding amongst those administering the benefits system. This is still all too common, and it is a constant battle for basic understanding of a condition which affects so many.

“I am happy to offer my full support to Action for M.E. in all that they do.”

John McDonnell MP

“M.E. affects at least 250,000 people in the UK. But underreporting means the true figure may be well over a million.

These people need care, compassion, and the condition needs proper funding. They also need allies. That is why I am delighted to become an official parliamentary champion for the charity, Action for M.E.”

Sir Sajid Javid MP smiling wearing a navy suit.Sir Sajid Javid MP

“ME affects the lives of children & adults across the country. The condition is incredibly disabling with fluctuating symptoms making it difficult to take part in everyday activities.

As Health Secretary, I was committed to ensuring better care & support for people living with ME. I look forward to continuing this work as one of Action for M.E.’s Parliamentary Champions.”

Jess Phillips MP smiling with arms crossed.Jess Phillips MP

“We’re delighted to welcome Jess Phillips MP as our newest Parliamentary Champion.

Jess brings an incredible amount of experience from her ongoing work to advocate for women & equalities and all of us here at Action for M.E. look forward to working with Jess to ensure that the positive change is achieved for people with ME.” - Sonya Chowdhury, CEO, Action for M.E.