MP backs brain tumour funding increase

Marie Rimmer MP
Marie Rimmer MP

St Helens MP Marie Rimmer MP has signed a pledge to fight for increased funding for research into brain tumours.

The MP for St Helens South and Whiston attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group on brain tumours which met in Westminster.

The group will help to shape Government policy whilst continuing to give a voice to patients and the wider brain tumour community. It will also act to hold the Government to account at a critical time as the findings of a year-long Task and Finish Working Group, convened to tackle the historic underfunding of research into brain tumours, are expected in the early autumn.

The working group was established following a “damning” House of Commons Petitions Committee’s report last year, which highlighted that “successive governments have failed brain tumour patients and their families for decades”. Campaigners are hoping that the eventual report from the Task and Finish Working Group will demonstrate that the Government is now prepared to show fresh commitment to improve outcomes for brain tumour patients.

Ms Rimmer said: “The situation for those affected by brain tumours in our communities needs changing. I have pledged to champion the cause of brain tumour patients and fight for the increase in funding so dearly needed. It is essential that the UK leads the way in investing in research and I welcome all that is being done by the All Party Parliamentary Group on brain tumours and the wider brain tumour community to ensure sustainable improvements are made.”

The charity Brain Tumour Research, has provided the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group since 2005, when it was first set up under the Rt Hon John Bercow MP.