Hello all, I am a very new sufferer (less than 18 months), and new to this site. My post may well have been discussed in the past. If so, please ignore ................ There is not much going in our favour for those of us who have this horrible illness. However, we do have one thing that we are fortunate to have – strength in numbers and voting power. In the UK there are around 250,000 sufferers(and I am sure there are many millions around the world). Assuming each sufferer has 4 close relatives / friends, then we have over 1 million voters who may well be swayed into voting for a party that increases funding for ME research. The various political parties should be interested for 2 main reasons. 1: A potential increase of 1 million voters 2: It would cost very little. Even if they announced an increase in funding of just 5% of that spent on other major diseases it would be a massive boost for us. I suggest that we all push this message to our local political leaders (MPs in UK). We need to sell the message that this is an easy win for a political party. I have already emailed and written to mine. To find your local MP in the UK see: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ For those around the world please do the same.