MSPs unite to launch Cross Party initiative on multiple sclerosis

06 Feb

MSPs from across the political spectrum showed their support for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the Scottish Parliament last night.

Holyrood saw the launch of Scotland’s first Cross Party Group on MS, a grouping of MSPs, the MS Society, Revive MS Support, voluntary organisations and others who are committed to tackling the issues that affect the 10,000 people in Scotland living with the neurological condition.

Speaking after the meeting, the Group’s Chair George Adam MSP who has been a long-term advocate for people with MS in the Scottish Parliament said: “I am delighted to be involved in this initiative and to see it come together this week. MS is a condition that affects more than 10,000 people in Scotland, with the impact felt across every community and constituency. My family is just one of the many affected by MS, after my wife Stacey was diagnosed with the condition. The Cross Party Group is a means of working together with a common purpose to influence change and improve standards of care. I’m pleased to be part of this dedicated group within the Scottish Parliament and look forward to seeing where it takes us.

The Group comprises leading MS charities, MS professionals, researchers and people living with the condition. Other MSPs who are members of the Group include: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Bob Doris MSP, Neil Findlay MSP, John Finnie MSP, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Jim Hume MSP, Nanette Milne MSP and Stewart Stevenson MSP.

Rebecca Duff, Head of Policy and Communications at the MS Society in Scotland added: “The MS Society is pleased to support the Cross Party Group and we are looking forward to working with the MSPs and others to make a positive difference to people with MS in Scotland and their families. MS is a common but very unpredictable condition that mainly affects people in their 20s and 30s, often bringing with it significant physical, emotional and financial consequences. The Cross Party Group is an important vehicle for helping ensure that people affected by MS can access the services and support that they need when they need it. The support shown for the Group has given us a fantastic start and we look forward to making an impact together over the coming months.

Press release prepared by Rebecca Duff, Head of Policy and Communications, MS Society.