A Dudley MP has pledged to help drive research into Parkinson’s as he was joined in Parliament by campaigners to mark the 200th year since the condition was first recognised.
Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in the Black Country, and can cause symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations, as well as tremors and stiff muscles, all of which robs people of their independence.
The condition was first recognised in 1817, but there is no known cure.
Dudley North MP Ian Austin MP said he had “met with lots of people who are suffering [from] or caring for loved ones with Parkinson’s in Dudley.
“It is a terrible condition, but thanks to the work of staff and volunteers at charities such as Parkinson’s UK, much is being done to help them.
“Parkinson’s research is a fundamental part of the solution to the nation’s dementia challenge.
“I look forward to working with the charity to ensure that people affected by these issues in Dudley can feel confident that everything is being done to drive forward research and improve lives.”
Parkinson’s UK chief executive Steve Ford said it was “brilliant Ian has pledged to help us drive forward vital research.
“We look forward to seeing the difference Ian can make in Dudley, and how he can help us to keep Parkinson’s on the political agenda.”