After returning from Parliament yesterday INFACT can confirm that all submissions received through the APPG have now been passed to Michael Mansfield’s team at Nexus Chambers.
The APPG for Valproate and other AEDs in Pregnancy will continue to focus on its Campaign in Parliament whilst INFACT now move forward with the backing of the APPG and Michael Mansfield QC.
INFACT have now instructed for all documentation and submissions in relation to the Sodium Valproate Campaign be reviewed and drafted by Michael Mansfield QC.
A brief insight into the history of the APPG
In 2013 INFACT were invited by the then Chair Alec Shellbrooke MP to join the already long established APPG for Thalidomide which was subsequently renamed the APPG for Thalidomide and other harmful drugs. Prior to this there was no representation for Valproate in any APPG.
In 2015 we had gained enough support in Parliament to establish our own APPG which was named APPG for AEDs in Pregnancy with our chair being Theresa Pearce MP.
In 2016 Theresa Pearce stepped down as chair. We had worked closely with Norman Lamb MP since 2014 through his position as Minister for care and support in the then coalition government and were delighted when he agreed to our invitation to become chair, changing the name once more to Valproate and Other AEDs in Pregnancy.
Working in Partnership with Anna Christian Campaigns and Yvette Greenway of SOS Silence of Suicide we are conducting a survey to see how taking Sodium Valproate in Pregnancy has impacted on the Mental Health of the woman that has taken Valproate during pregnancy, or that of the Father whose children have been affected by exposure to Valproate.
To take part in this survey please click the link Here
It has come to INFACTs attention that other groups with an interest in Valproate are announcing that Michael Mansfield QC will be representing ALL groups and their members if they make personal submissions to the remit for Government on Valproate.
INFACT can categorically confirm that this is untrue.
INFACT are the leading Campaign Group for Valproate and the recent remit was given to INFACT directly by Lord O’Shaughnessy. INFACT are also the secretariat for the APPG for Valproate who are tasked to work together and produce the remit for the Department of Health.
INFACT have secured the legal services of Michael Mansfield QC who will work on behalf of INFACT to present their submissions. His remit relates to INFACTs submissions only. It is therefore of the upmost importance that you register on the INFACT database.
To be clear, if you are already registered with INFACT you will be represented by Michael Mansfield QC and your submission will be accepted. If you are not registered with INFACT, none of the above will apply to you.