Motor Neurone Disease Research: Government Funding

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 13th December 2022.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Labour, Kingston upon Hull East 11:00 am, 13th December 2022

I beg to move,

That this House
has considered Government funding for research into motor neurone disease.

It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Mundell. MND is a devastating, debilitating and untimely life-limiting disease. We saw that just two weeks ago with the tragic loss of Doddie Weir, to which you have referred. Doddie was a giant of a man, both on and off the field, but the MND Association estimates that in the UK six people a day die of MND. A third of them die within 12 months of diagnosis, but it is now more than a year since the Government pledged—in response to the tireless efforts of campaigners and following meetings between me and the then Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng—to invest £50 million. We met the Secretary of State that day with campaigners, and he gave an assurance to us all that immediate action, meaning immediate money, would be forthcoming. It was not.