Angus MP Mike Weir attended a British Heart Foundation (BHF) event calling on the next government to guarantee the future of the science budget to protect life saving research.
Mr Weir joined heart patient Emily Sullivan (8), for a science lesson to highlight the importance of charities being able to continue funding medical research.
Emily has had three open heart surgeries after being born with three large holes in her heart, a condition that more and more people are surviving because of BHF research.
Mr Weir MP joined thousands of people across the UK who wore red on February 6 for Wear It. Beat It. to help the BHF continue to fund life saving research.
Without government support, the BHF’s ability to fund world class research to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease (CVD) would be significantly reduced.
Mr Weir said: “Charities are an essential part of the UK medical research environment and the science budget is vital to supporting their research.
“By funding the day-to-day running of science facilities, the next government will ensure that researchers can concentrate on finding the next life saving cure.
“If we are to prevent and treat devastating conditions like cardiovascular disease in places like Angus, we need continued investment in pioneering research and to guarantee the future of the science budget.”
For every £1 charities spend directly on medical research, the Government pays 26p to help fund the indirect costs. The BHF is calling on the next government to maintain the current ring-fencing of the science budget and to commit to future increases.