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Tuesday: Westminster MPs to debate epilepsy services

11 Oct 2010

Members of Parliament will be raising awareness of epilepsy on Tuesday (12 October) with a debate in Westminster Hall.

The debate will be on epilepsy services in the NHS.  It will be started by Paul Maynard MP (Blackpool North and Cleveleys).  Paul has epilepsy and was recently chosen by Epilepsy Action to be one of our vice-presidents.

Paul will do an opening speech and other MPs will intervene and make short speeches.  So far, 10 MPs have said they want to speak.

Laura Sandys MP (South Thanet) will reveal, during the debate, that she has epilepsy.  This will make her and Paul the first two MPs ever (that we are aware of) who have made the public aware they have epilepsy.  Laura is the new chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy.

The government minister of state for care services, Paul Burstow MP, should respond to the issues raised at the end of the debate.

The debate starts at 9.30am and should continue until 11am.

Before the debate there will be a photo call with a number of MPs and people with epilepsy, including we hope some members of Epilepsy Action. They will be all wearing T-shirts with the slogan “A fair deal for epilepsy”.

You should be able to watch the debate online on the parliamentlive.tv website.

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