Jeremy Corbyn backs Woodford Green dad’s plea for research into young daughter’s incurable brain tumour

11:04 30 November 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn posing with the Kaleigh bear.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn posing with the Kaleigh bear.

Jay Asher

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the latest high-profile name to get behind a campaign calling for more research into a rare brain tumour affecting a young girl.

Kaleigh Lau, six, of Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green, has Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) - an incurable cancerous tumour.

After raising the campaign in the House of Commoms, Ilford North MP, Wes Streeting said: “I wanted to raise Kaleigh’s case in the house of Commons today to pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery of Kaleigh’s family and to make sure that the issue of DIPG and brain cancer research is on minister’s agendas.”

The rare tumour affects mostly children and the prognosis is very poor with a survival rate of less than one per cent.

Celebrities who have backed the campaign include Harry Potter author JK Rowling, BBC news reader Huw Edwards, X Factor mogul Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne.

Mr Streeting has also encouraged other MPs to tweet out the petition and take photos with the Kaleigh bear - a symbol of the family’s campaign.

“More must be done to get money spent on research, as brain tumour research only accounts for a small portion of current spending by the Medical Research Council,” he continued.

“I would still urge local residents to show their support for Kaleigh and her family by signing their petition online.”

There are only three days left to sign the petition.

Please help Kaleigh and sign at


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