Date tabled: 20.07.2015
Primary sponsor: Tommy Sheppard
Sponsors: Ronnie Cowan, Roger Mullin, Steven Paterson, Douglas Chapman, Patricia Gibson
That this House congratulates Gordon Aikman on a stunningly successful campaign, Gordon's Fightback, which has substantially raised the profile of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a cruelly progressive and debilitating disease, for which there is currently no cure; notes that over £320,000 has been raised by Gordon's Fightback to fund vitally important research into this disease; further notes the huge level of public support and funds raised for MND by the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge; further notes that the UK is home to some of the world's best MND researchers and specialist research facilities; further notes that public spending on MND research decreased by a third between 2010-11 and 2013-14; further notes that Medical Research Council funding for MND research has dropped to a five-year low; believes finding a cure for MND is of vital importance; and calls on the Government to introduce a long-term strategy, and doubled public spending on MND research, to hasten the day a cure for MND is found.
Four weeks ago I was worried about writing this column on the eve of the last major parliamentary debate on Brexit. Anything could have happened, rendering my speculation obsolete by the time you read it. I shouldn’t have fretted. Anything could have happened but nothing did.
Here I am again. Groundhog day. It’s Tuesday. There’s a big debate tomorrow.
Tuesday. Another day spent discussing Brexit. Another day of my life I’m not getting back.
We are no further forward. As the clock ticks down to exit it’s only fair to ask: What the hell is Theresa May playing at?