By Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser, ME Association.
ME advocate and parliamentary champion, the Countess of Mar, retires from The House of Lords after 45 years.
Earlier in the week the Countess of Mar wrote to members of Forward-ME to say that she would be retiring from the House of Lords as from today.
I was very sorry to learn about this decision and have spoken to the Countess of Mar to say that I fully understand her reasons to retire from the House of Lords after a long and very distinguished parliamentary career.
The Countess of Mar has taken on many roles in both a personal and parliamentary capacity to help people with M.E.
Her chairmanship of the Forward-ME Group, her constant willingness to be involved with promoting biomedical research, improving medical education, asking parliamentary questions and securing the PACE trial debate, and helping with difficult individual cases. Above all just being there to give sage advice when needed.
As Margaret said in her letter, she is still going to continue to be involved with the Forward ME Group. So, we are not losing her completely and she will also continue as a Patron of the ME Association.
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