YEP Says, July 15: Why the Speaker was out of order over Sam’s plight

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IF THE supercilious John Bercow, the self-centred Speaker of the House of Commons, had actually chosen to listen to the backbencher Greg Mulholland rather than cutting short the Leeds North West MP so rudely and abruptly he might have realised the significance of the heartbreaking case which was being raised.

IF THE supercilious John Bercow, the self-centred Speaker of the House of Commons, had actually chosen to listen to the backbencher Greg Mulholland rather than cutting short the Leeds North West MP so rudely and abruptly he might have realised the significance of the heartbreaking case which was being raised.

Because of labyrinthine NHS rules, the six-year-old schoolboy Sam Brown from Otley and other sufferers of the extremely rare Morquio Syndrome which limits growth and mobility, are being denied access to the life-enhancing drug Vimizim, which has been proven to make a material difference to their wellbeing.

Sam’s family have now begun a crowdfunding campaign in desperation to try and raise £4m to pay for the drug .

As the battle for this little boy’s life continues, we only hope that you Mr Bercow - or should we call you ‘mate’, as you so referred to Mr Mulholland’ ? - have absorbed the contents of the heartfelt letter penned to you by Sam’s mum, Katy, in which she stated so succinctly: “when you stopped that question, you not only took away Mr Mulholland’s voice, you took away my son Sam’s too.”

Is it too much to ask you, Mr Bercow, to show some humility and see how you can use your privileged position to enable the necessary questions can be put to Ministers?

If you decline this reasonable request, perhaps you should step aside and be replaced by a compassionate Parliamentary champion who is capable of putting the public interest before their own pomposity.

Bright eyes and bright futures

Our school leavers’ supplements published this week are filled with fabulous pictures of bright-eyed, excited youngsters ready to take the next step to what we used to term ‘big school’. That moment in childhood where anything seems possible. Rather that considering what they might become; what the future might hold for them, however, we imagine most parents this week are instead thinking of the prospect of those long, long summer holidays that come first.

PIC: Simon Hulme

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