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Research Into Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

EDM number 2024 in 2007-08, proposed by Mike Hancock on 14/07/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Diseases and Medicine.

That this House notes the 167 confirmed cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the UK, including three through blood transfusion, compared with three in total in the USA; congratulates and welcomes the work of Christine Lord, following the tragic death of her son Andy from vCJD at the age of 24, in establishing a website,, and producing a BBC South documentary Who Killed My Son which can be watched on; asks the BBC to screen the documentary nationwide; notes the death from vCJD of another six young people living within 25 miles of Portsmouth; further asks the Government to commission further research to establish common factors, such as school catering, among vCJD victims in South Hampshire as well as elsewhere in the country; further notes the written answer from the Minister of State for Health on 11th March 2008, giving a vCJD sub-clinical prevalence estimate of up to 1 in 1,400 of the population; and further asks that the Government completes its evaluation of screening for prions in blood supply and other possible measures to protect the blood supply as soon as possible, in light of the conclusions reported in the 15th annual report of the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit that blood transfusion is beyond reasonable doubt a possible transmission route for vCJD.

This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs.

Mike Hancock14/07/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratProposed
Peter Bottomley15/07/2008Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
David Drew15/07/2008StroudLabourSeconded
Alan Meale15/07/2008MansfieldLabourSeconded
Dai Davies16/07/2008Blaenau GwentIndependentSeconded
Robert Wareing16/07/2008Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins16/07/2008Luton NorthLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle16/07/2008ChorleyLabourSigned
Eric Illsley16/07/2008Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn16/07/2008Islington NorthLabourSigned
Rudi Vis16/07/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Janet Dean17/07/2008BurtonLabourSigned
John Battle17/07/2008Leeds WestLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara17/07/2008Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins17/07/2008TamworthLabourSigned
Alan Simpson17/07/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Greg Pope21/07/2008HyndburnLabourSigned
Nick Harvey21/07/2008North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell21/07/2008Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Ann Cryer21/07/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Bill Etherington21/07/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell21/07/2008Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Jones22/07/2008Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Hywel Francis22/07/2008AberavonLabourSigned
Janet Anderson22/07/2008Rossendale and DarwenLabourSigned
John Leech22/07/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
David Borrow06/10/2008South RibbleLabourSigned
Sandra Gidley27/10/2008RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned

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