Your Member of Parliament for Harrow East

Andrew Percy MP

Supporting the Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome group

Bob joined with members of the Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome group to hand in a petition to 10 Downing Street in support of their campaign for reinstatement of legal aid. The children of the group were all born severely disabled which they claim is as a result of their mothers taking drugs to control epilepsy during pregnancy.

There has been a lengthy legal battle which was due to finally result in court before Christmas. The Legal Services Commission agreed to fund the class action of 100 families with legal aid to a budget of £3.5 million with more than £3 million already spent. On the eve of the trial the Legal Services Commission suddenly withdrew their support which would effectively mean the end of the campaign by this group for justice as they could not afford to continue the legal battle and, if they withdrew, their claims would then be out of time for any further claim to be lodged.

Bob supported the family of Bridget Buck, who is one of the children affected as a result of the drugs, who lives in Stanmore in Harrow East. Bob commented, “I strongly support the campaign by the families to ensure that they have the opportunity to have their case heard in the courts. It seems strange and unfair that the Legal Services Commission has invested so much public money in pursuing the case this far if they do not believe that there is a strong evidence to support the arguments being put forward by the families.”

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