Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies continues work as Arthritis Champion

Arthritis Research UK hosts a Parliamentary reception to celebrate the success of the Arthritis Champion campaign. MP's from across the house show their support by holding a poster of their choosing. Held in Dining Room A in the Houses of Parliament, 10th June 2015 Photography by Fergus Burnett Accreditation required with all use - 'fergusburnett.com'

Arthritis Research UK hosts a Parliamentary reception to celebrate the success of the Arthritis Champion campaign. Photography by Fergus Burnett

Before the election, Huw Irranca-Davies joined forces with Arthritis Research UK to support the charity’s ‘Prevent, Transform, Cure’ manifesto. Mr Irranca-Davies was the very first Member of Parliament to become an Arthritis Champion.

Musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis are the single biggest cause of disability and pain across the country, affecting 10 million people in the UK. The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility caused by arthritis prevents millions of people from doing simple tasks such as making a cup of tea or walking to the shops.

The Arthritis Research UK manifesto called for an end to the myth that nothing can be done for people with arthritis. As an Arthritis Champion, Huw Irranca-Davies has pledged to campaign to make musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority and ensure that people with arthritis get high-quality care at the time that they need it.

Speaking about the manifesto at Arthritis Research UK’s reception, Mr Irranca-Davies said:

“I’m proud to be an Arthritis Champion for the thousands of local people living with the pain of arthritis. We need to put the issues that people with arthritis face at the forefront of the new Parliament’s agenda, and work to transform services for the better.”

“Today I’ve learnt more about the vital work of Arthritis Research UK and heard first-hand about some of the challenges people living with the condition face daily.”

“I’m committed to making a difference in my first 100 days in Parliament and beyond. Together we can fight this debilitating condition that has such a huge impact on all aspects of people’s lives in Ogmore.”

Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said:

“I’m delighted that Huw Irranca-Davies is our Arthritis Champion in Ogmore. The support of our champions is paramount to highlight the needs of people with arthritis.”

“The vision for the future is clear, there needs to be a public health approach focusing on preventing arthritis and transforming the services for the 10 million people affected by this devastating condition, and ultimately support medical research seeking to find a cure. Together we can make this happen.”

If you want to stop arthritis devastating people’s lives, join the fight against arthritis in your local area. For further information visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org/voice or email action@arthritisresearchuk.org