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A mass lobby to Parliament by hundreds of brain tumour patients and carers from across Britain has been a great success.
The lobby, held on Wednesday, June 13, was organised by the Brain Tumour Consortium, of which Brain Tumour UK is a founding member. The aim of the event was to tell MPs that brain tumours are not getting the priority they deserve and to ask for their support in raising the profile of the disease.
As a first step, MPs were asked to improve awareness about brain tumours by pledging to sign an Early Day Motion, to do more to promote awareness of brain tumours in their constituencies and to participate in meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours.
Ten days after the lobby, 34 MPs had signed the Early Day Motion (EDM) and three parliamentary questions had been tabled about brain tumours.
Jenny Baker OBE, Brain Tumour UK Chief Executive (pictured left), was interviewed by ITV news on the day. “We are encouraged by this positive result to the mass lobby. We desperately need to get MPs and Government to understand the severity and incidence rate of brain tumours so that hopefully existing resources will eventually be allocated more fairly and effectively.”
If you were unable to join the lobby, you can still help by emailing your MP to ask if they will back the EDM and to attend the next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours in July.
You can find your MP's contact details here.