At PMQs Jason joined the Prime Minister in congratulating rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield on the award of his OBE for his amazing fundraising for motor neurone disease in support of his good friend Rob Burrow.
Jason also asked the Government to invest £50m to establish a MND research institute.
Jason McCartney MP
I associate myself with the comments of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition about our friend Jo Cox.
Will the Prime Minister join me in congratulating rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield on his OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours? Kevin has done so much to raise awareness of motor neurone disease and support his good friend Rob Burrow. MND is a devastating disease. There is no cure, but scientists believe they are on the cusp of developing effective treatments.
Will the Government please commit to investing £50 million over five years to establish a virtual MND research institute and to accelerate research?
Prime Minister, I totally agree with that, and it should have been a knighthood.
The Prime Minister
Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is an OBE, and I thank Kevin Sinfield very much for his outstanding work. We are following it up by spending £55 million on research into MND, but there will be more to come as part of our general massive investment in life sciences.