To coincide with the MPs’ debate on ME research in Westminster Hall this afternoon and the Medical Research Council’s £1.5 announcement last week, there will be items on BBC Look North (North East and Cumbria) and ITV Tyne Tees’ North East Tonight news shows this evening (February 2).
Ian Swales, MP for Redcar, near Middleborough, who has called for the debate, will appear in both. His short, 30-minute debate will start at 4pm and will be answered by Minister for Health Care Services Paul Burstow. It is hoped that other MPs interested in the subject will also attend, and the debate will also be open to the public.
Also expected to appear in the BBC item will be Professor Julia Newton, who runs an excellent research programme into ME at Newcastle University (the ME Association has funded a study there), and severe ME sufferer Barbara Kell from South Shields.
The ITV item is expected to carry other interviews with Jennifer Elliott, chief executive of ME North East, and severe sufferer Jan Laverick.
Incidentally, Mr Swales’s Early Day Motion on ME research yesterday reached triple figures. Eric Joyce became the 100th MP to sign it.
You can watch the debate live in Westminster Hall by using THIS LINK
To catch up on the Early Day Motion, click HERE
ME sufferer Jan Laverick on the ITV ‘North East Tonight’ programme, 2 February 2012.
ME sufferer Barbara Kell on the BBC ‘Look North’ programme (North East and Cumbria), 2 February 2012.