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Countess of Mar – Early Day Motion

Sponsored by MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on ME, Carol Monaghan, an Early Day Motion has been tabled at the House of Commons to mark the stepping aside of Margaret, Countess of Mar from her chairmanship of the Forward-ME Group.

That this House marks the retirement of the Countess of Mar as the Founding Chair of Forward-ME; congratulates her on the success of Forward-ME which was established in 2008 to promote effective joint working between charities and organisations in order to maximise impact on behalf of people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME); acknowledges the far-reaching impact she has had in supporting, representing, and championing people with ME; recognises her work improving medical education and promoting biomedical research; notes her parliamentary advocacy which included leading a landmark House of Lords’ debate on the PACE trial; commends the part she played in securing improvements to the National Institute for Health and Care draft revised guidance on ME; sincerely thanks her for her years of dedicated service to the ME patient community; and wishes the Countess of Mar the very best in her retirement.

EDM (Early Day Motion) 90: tabled on 24 May 2021

Early Day Motions are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns.

In April 2021 the Countess announced her decision to step down from the chairmanship of the Group she had founded thirteen years previously and released a personal statement referencing how much had changed in ME/CFS since 2008 and how much remained to be achieved. The tabling of an Early Day Motion is a further manifestation of the high esteem in which she is held throughout the parliamentary and ME communities. We are proud that the Countess remains a Parton of ME Research UK.

Forward-ME Group 10th Anniversary Meeting
Front row – left to right – Tanya Harrison (BRAME), Countess of Mar, Dr Nina Muirhead First row – left to right – Clare Ogden (AfME), Carol Monaghan MP, Janice Kent (ReMEmber), Christine Harrison (BRAME), Sonya Chowdhury (AfME), Sue Waddle (ME Research UK) Back row – left to right – Dr Nigel Speight (Tymes Trust), Tony Crouch (25% ME Group), Hannah Clifton (ME Trust), Jonathan Davies (ME Research UK), Dr Gareth Tuckwell (ME Trust), Suzie Henson-Amphlett representing Jane Colby (Tymes Trust), Sarah Reed (ME Action), Dr Paul Worthley (ME Trust), Dr William Weir, Bill Kent (ReMEmber), Dr Charles Shepherd (ME Association).