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
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.”
Carol 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."
Debbie 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.”
“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.”