East Kilbride MP backs calls for more government MND funding

A Lanarkshire MP has joined a coalition to support people with motor neurone disease (MND) by putting pressure on the government to increase research funding.

Dr Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, has called on the government to increase funding into research.

Lisa Cameron MP has joined forces with a coalition of charities, neurologists and people with MND.

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Together, they are calling on the government to provide £50 million of investment over five years for research into the disease, which kills six people every day.

It is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. It affects people from all communities as a person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is around 1 in 300.

The campaign, “United To End MND” led by the MND Association, MND Scotland, My Name’s Doddie Foundation, neurologists and people with the disease, is calling on the government to invest £50 million over five years in research directly targeted at understanding the causes and identifying potential treatments and ultimately a cure for the disease.

The petition launched by the coalition to garner public support gathered more than 100,000 signatures in just three weeks, meaning the topic will now be considered for a debate in Parliament.

Last Friday, Dr Cameron attended a virtual event hosted by MND charities, scientists and people affected by MND to hear more about the campaign and pledge her support.

She said: “MND is a truly devastating disease and more funding is urgently needed to develop effective treatments and ultimately a cure as soon as possible. I’m delighted to pledge my support to the United to End MND campaign calling on the Government to invest £50m over five years in MND research”.

The campaign has received widespread from celebrities including Coronation Street vicar Daniel Brocklebank, film star Hugh Grant, GMB presenter Charlotte Hawkins, entrepreneur and ‘Dragon’ Deborah Meaden, broadcaster Jeremy Vine and former sportsmen who are living with MND; Scottish rugby international Doddie Weir and footballer Stephen Darby.

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