Prime Minister to meet with Bolton MP over pregnancy drug claims
THE Prime Minister will meet with Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi to discuss her fight for a public enquiry into a pregnancy testing drug which a Bolton mum claims ruined her life.
Ms Quereshi has campaigned for an inquiry into alleged problems caused by the drug Primodos which Nicola Williams, of Little Lever, claims caused her to be born with life-threatening congenital health issues.
After raising the issue twice at Prime Minister’s Questions, the Bolton South East MP has been invited to a one on one meeting with David Cameron at his House of Commons office on July 9.
She will also be meeting with shadow health secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham, next week to discuss the matter.
Ms Qureshi said: “I have been working hard on this for some time so I am really pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to a personal meeting with me.
“It is a big step for us in our bid to get a public inquiry. We have had a lot of fob-offs along the way but this just shows that badgering and not giving up can work.”
Miss Williams said she was “delighted” to hear that the Prime Minister would be speaking to Ms Qureshi about the issue.
She added: “It is fantastic news and has made me feel really positive about things — it has been such a long journey and this is a big moment.
“People like David Cameron need to hear the evidence that we have.”
The hormone drug produced by Schering, a German company later taken over by Bayer, was given to women in the UK by GPs in the 1960s and 1970s as a pregnancy test.
Miss Williams claims to have uncovered mounting evidence that the Government was warned about the dangers of pregnancy testing drugs as far back as 1967.
The 42-year-old and her daughter Shareace Williams, aged 21, spent three days finding letters written between clinicians and public documents at the National Archives in Kew, London last summer.
Her claims are disputed by pharmaceutical firm Bayer, which says there is no link between the drug and birth defects.