MP Moore seeking Merkel’s support over Thalidomide

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Local MP Michael Moore has asked Prime Minister David Cameron to secure the support of the German Chancellor for the Thalidomide campaign group’s 50-year fight for justice from German drug manufacturer, Grünenthal.

More than 50 years ago, thousands of babies were born with serious disabilities after their mothers took the morning sickness drug, Thalidomide. Ever since, survivors, their families and supporters have campaigned for fair compensation from Grünenthal and the German government.

Now the Thalidomide campaign group, with Mr Moore’s support, has drawn up a letter urging the German government to enter into dialogue to secure compensation.

The letter has been signed by 150 other MPs and Mr Cameron has said he will reflect on Mr Moore’s suggestion about speaking to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mr Moore has hosted two recent campaign events in Westminster, following an approach from Selkirk resident and long-time Thalidomide campaigner, Stevie Sinclair.

“As ever, I am enormously grateful to Stevie Sinclair and the other campaigners who are leading this vital campaign,” said Mr Moore.