THINK LOBBYING think awareness, think brain tumour research
Working with Parliamentarians is key to raising awareness amongst the general public of the issues of brain tumours as well as influencing strategy at the highest level.
That’s why Brain Tumour Research treats lobbying and campaigning as a priority.
The Government and larger cancer charities should invest more in brain tumour research.
At the current rate of spend, it could take 100 years for brain cancer to catch up with developments in other diseases and find a cure.
Treatments for brain tumour patients lag seriously behind other cancers.
The national investment in brain tumour research needs to increase to £30-£35million over the course of the next parliament.
Our manifesto, ‘Invest in a Cure’, calls on Governments throughout the UK to work with Brain Tumour Research and its partner organisations to:
1) Shine a spotlight on research funding for brain tumours
2) Incentivise treatment – Prioritise brain tumour patients
3) Facilitate innovation – Ring-fence funds for brain tumour research
An MP represents the interests of their constituents in matters for which Parliament or Central Government is responsible. They can help their constituents regardless of whether you voted for them or not.
An MP can raise matters in the House of Commons through
Parliamentary Questions (PQ’s) – Oral and Written
Early Day Motions (EDMs)
A parliamentary question takes the form of a written question to the appropriate government department. The answers to these questions are then published. They can also take the form of an oral question asked during an afternoon’s Question Time.
An Early Day Motion places on record an MP’s opinion on a subject and means they can canvass support from fellow members – it is a form of petition that MPs can sign. Generally it is backbenchers that sign EDMs; ministers do not usually sign. An EDM signed by a large number of MPs – over 200 may be debated. To have over 100 signatures demonstrates significant support.
Many MPs hold surgeries in their constituencies.
Visit your MP at one of their surgeries or email them
Appraise them of the issues
Tell them your personal story
Email or ask your MP to sign current Early Day Motions
Email or ask your MP to become a member of the brain tumour All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)
Please let us know the results of your discussions and forward copies of any correspondence
Pledge your support to lobbying with us by completing a lobbying form. We will send you a pack of the issues and keep you informed of progress.
Remember, in the majority of cases it is only those that have been affected by a brain tumour that are motivated to do something about it and find a cure.
We need as many people as possible to offer their support to our campaign and to enlist the support of your own MP.
They get hundreds of requests each day from various charities but they do listen to their own constituents!
An MP is here to serve their constituents – please help us to use them!