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Support Bill 112 for epilepsy - write to David Cameron

3 Feb 2011

On Wednesday 24 November, the first reading of a Ten Minute Rule Bill for epilepsy took place in the House of Commons. The bill is called the Ten Minute Rule Bill on Epilepsy and Related Conditions (Education and Health Services) (Bill 112).

A Ten Minute Rule Bill is a potential new bill for consideration, proposed by an MP who is not a member of government. Although not many Ten Minute Rule Bills make it into law, there is always a chance that it might. It can happen if the government agrees with the cause or is happy to absorb it into other bills it is passing.

A second reading of the bill has been scheduled for 4 March 2011. The second reading is when these kinds of Bills normally fail. We need your help to make sure it is given time in Parliament to be heard. Please write to the Prime Minister, David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA.

In your letter:

  • Tell him that a second reading of the Ten Minute Rule Bill on Epilepsy and Related Conditions (Education and Health Services) (Bill 112) has been scheduled for 4 March 2011.
  • Ask the Prime Minister to find time for this important bill.
  • Tell him your experiences of epilepsy. How does epilepsy affect you? How good or bad are the services for epilepsy in your area? What is your experience of the education system and epilepsy?  

If you hear back from the Prime Minister, please let us here at Epilepsy Action know what he says.

About the Ten Minute Rule Bill

The Ten Minute Rule Bill for epilepsy has been proposed by Valerie Vaz MP.  The bill calls for an action plan for improving health and education for people with epilepsy.

You will find the Ten Minute Rule Bill two hours and 10 minutes into the video clip.

Alternatively, read the full text of Valerie Vaz’s speech on introducing the Ten Minute Rule Bill.

MPs Valerie Vaz, David Amess, Jeremy Corbyn, Mary Glindon, Sam Gyimah, Paul Maynard, Steve McCabe, Grahame M. Morris, Pamela Nash, Bob Russell, Laura Sandys and Owen Smith all supported the bill at the first reading. Other MPs present for the first reading voted for the bill to receive a second reading.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the campaigns team on 0113 210 8800 or email campaigns@epilepsy.org.uk.

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