MND Parliamentary Reception 2017
Our annual MND parliamentary reception was held on Tuesday 17 October, in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on motor neurone disease (MND).
Over 130 volunteers travelled to Westminster from across the Association’s regions and nations of England, Wales and Northern Ireland for our annual parliamentary reception, including 39 people living with MND, the largest ever gathering of people with MND at an Association event. We’re delighted that so many people were able to attend and meet with MPs and network with other members.
Watch the highlights from the reception below…
— MND Manchester (@MNDManchester) October 17, 2017
Over 50 parliamentarians were represented at the reception from a variety of constituencies across the country.
- See which MPs attended the Parliamentary Reception (opens in PDF)
Volunteers spoke to MPs from their area about issues that affect people living with MND, such as the additional financial cost of living with MND and shared personal experiences.
The APPG on MND launched their highly anticipated report on access to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The inquiry found that people with MND were experiencing problems throughout the PIP process – from finding out about the benefit in the first place, to being reassessed unnecessarily.
- Read about the report ‘PIP and MND: Is the benefits system failing people with motor neurone disease’
We’d like to say a special thank you to our speakers. At the reception we heard from Chris Evans MP who is an officer of the APPG on MND, Rob Owen who is living with MND, TV Presenter and MND Association Patron Charlotte Hawkins, and Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health.
Many thanks to the 840 people who took the e-action to invite their MP, and also to our volunteers and campaigners who made the day so successful!
- Catch up with the speeches from the day and watch our video of volunteers speaking to MPs.
- You can also catch up on all the social media activity from the day on Storify.