Campaigning student stops at Westminster

PUBLISHED: 17:30 12 June 2014

Chris Redd

Chris Redd


A VOLUNTEER from Winscombe has launched a campaign to encourage Government action on finding a cure for HIV.

The mission has seen Christopher Redd, a member of the Student Stop AIDS Campaign Society, travel to Westminster to discuss the issue with MPs.

Chris, aged 20, asked Weston MP John Penrose to lend his support to the fight to provide affordable medicines in developing countries.

Mr Penrose then wrote to Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, asking him to refuse to sign any free trade agreements that will harm access to medicines.

Chris said: “It was fantastic to meet John Penrose and to hear his support for the Student Stop AIDS work.

“While it was surprising that John Penrose was not fully aware of these issues, it was fantastic to see a positive response when I informed him.”

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