A busy Westminster week…

It has been a busy week in Westminster in the first week after the party conference season, with significant contributions from our parliamentary supporters in debates in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

The House of Lords was the focus of attention on Tuesday, with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Honorary Life President, Lord Walton of Detchant, taking part in the debate on the Health and Social Care Bill and highlighting the investigations into specialist neuromuscular care.

On Wednesday, our Trailblazers took centre stage as MPs discussed access to public transport in a Westminster Hall debate secured by Lisa Nandy MP and supported by Paul Maynard MP and Jack Dromey MP. I was at the debate and it was great to be joined by our Trailblazers from across the country in the public gallery. We’re looking forward to a meeting with a Transport Minister and being a part of a new working group investigating the issues raised in the debate.

Yesterday Baroness Thomas of Winchester spoke in the Grand Committee of the Welfare Reform Bill, bringing Peers’ attention to some of the key points raised by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

The parliamentary action continues next week with a question on respiratory care for people with muscle disease tabled by Lincoln MP, Karl McCartney.

Tuesday is set to be a very busy day as Lisa and I go to Wales to meet with Welsh Assembly Government Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM.

More news to follow very soon on forthcoming Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly activity…

As you will have probably seen on our website, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign won the Campaigning Team of the Year at the 2011 Charity Times Awards on Wednesday. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters for their fantastic and dedicated campaigning for improved services across the UK.

For more information on our parliamentary action across the UK, please get in touch on 020 7803 4839 or by email to j.kingsley@muscular-dystrophy.org

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