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16 February 2015

MPs to talk epilepsy in parliamentary debate

MPs are to hold a three-hour debate on epilepsy in the House of Commons next week. It will take place at 2pm on Thursday 26 February and Epilepsy Society is urging everyone with epilepsy to lobby their MP to ask them to attend the debate.

You can find a step-by-step guide to contacting your MP on our website and a template letter with key points that you may like to tell your MP. We also have a briefing pack which you can forward to your MP. (To request the pack by email, please contact katharine.mcintosh@epilepsysociety.org.uk)

The landmark debate aims to highlight the impact that epilepsy can have on people's lives and underline the need for improved epilepsy services. Sarah Vibert, Epilepsy Society's director of external affairs, said: 'Epilepsy affects one in every hundred people in the UK and this debate offers a huge opportunity to raise the profile of the condition. All too often epilepsy treatment and research are not given the priority that they deserve.

Urge MPs to attend

''We are calling on people with epilepsy to get in touch with their local MP to urge them to attend the debate. It would be great if people can also give their MP examples of how their epilepsy impacts on everyday life. MPs are more likely to attend the debate and  represent their constituents if they have this information.

She continued: 'Please tell family and friends about this debate and ask them to contact their MPs too. The wider we spread the message, and the more MPs we ask to attend, the more likely the debate is to have a positive impact.'

The three hour debate was secured by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy, led by MPs Laura Sandys, who has epilepsy and has worked closely with Epilepsy Society especially on the issue of stigma, and Cheryl Gillan in whose constituency Epilepsy Society is based.

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