Yesterday we held a ‘drop-in’ event for MPs at Westminster ahead of November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM). Over 70 MPs attended to learn more about pancreatic cancer and about what activities Pancreatic Cancer UK is organising during PCAM. We are absolutely delighted with the number of MPs that dropped by!
We are grateful to all the MPs who took the time to come and speak with us but in particular we must say a big thank you to Stuart Andrew MP, Nic Dakin MP and Paul Scully MP for booking Parliament’s Jubilee Room where our event took place.
Members who attended had the chance to speak with patients and carers as well as Pancreatic Cancer UK staff. So another big thank you to supporters Karen Stead, and Doug and Celia Goodman for joining us and helping to raise awareness.
In addition to talking to MPs about the need for improved pancreatic cancer research, awareness, diagnosis, treatment and care, we gave them the chance to be photographed with our fantastic Purple Lights for Hope sign. We hope as many MPs as possible will now use these photos online, in their local press and on social media to help raise awareness of the disease as we approach 1st November when landmarks across the UK will light up purple.
Here is a full list of MPs that dropped by:
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Ochil and South Perthshire); Sir David Amess (Southend West); Stuart Andrew (Pudsey); Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West); Hannah Bardell (Livingstone); Clive Betts (Sheffield South East); Andrew Bingham (High Peak); Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North); Ben Bradshaw (Exeter); Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire); Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West); Vernon Coaker (Gedling); Ann Coffey (Stockport); David Crausby (Bolton North East); Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe); Byron Davies (Gower); Mins Davies (Eastleigh); Nigel Dodds (Belfast North); Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley); Mark Durkan (Foyle); Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley); Margaret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West); Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse); Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East); Torbay (Kevin Foster); Sir Roger Gale (North Thanet); Peter Grant (Glenrothes); Lady Sylvia Hermon (North Down); Philip Hollobone (Kettering); George Howarth (Knowsley); Andrea Jenkyns (Newark); Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle); Mike Kane (Wythenshawe and Sale East); Barbara Keeley (Worsley and Eccles South); Norman Lamb (North Norfolk); Stephen McPartland (Stevenage); Rachel Maskell (York Central); Sir Alan Meale (Mansfield); Mark Menzies (Fylde); Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock); Grahame Morris (Easington); Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North); Brendan O’Hara (Argyll and Bute); Albert Owen (Ynys Mon); Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin); John Pugh (Southport); Tom Pursglove (Corby); Angela Rayner (Ashton-under-Lyne); Jamie Reed (Copeland); Margaret Ritchie (South Down); Andrew Rosindell (Romford); Paul Scully (Sutton and Cheam); Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall); Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury); Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge); Mark Spencer (Sherwood); Andrew Stephenson (Pendle); Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South); Gary Streeter (South West Devon); Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside); Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen); Derek Twigg (Halton); Ed Vaizey (Wantage); Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes); Dame Angela Watkinson (Hornchurch and Upminster); Philippa Whiteford (Central Ayrshire); Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire);David Winnick (Walsall North); Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge).
In addition, although they were unable to attend, Gareth Johnson MP and Simon Hart MP asked members of their office to drop by to gather information on their behalf. Several dozen other MPs also offered their apologies.