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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. If you wish to learn more about any of the other associated partners, please click on their logo above.

Our Polio Champions

Meet the parliamentarians who have signed up to help us end polio.

In alphabetical order:

  • Sir David Amess MP (Conservative)

    “I am excited and honoured to be associated with this campaign to recognise the wonderful work that is being done to eradicate polio. Together with One Last Push, we have the opportunity to change the world for better and deliver a lasting global legacy”

  • Lord Avebury 1928 – 2016 (Liberal Democrats)

    We were very sad to hear that Lord Avebury died on 14 February 2016. He was a lifelong supporter of humanitarian causes and we are grateful to him for his support on this campaign. This is what he had to say about polio eradication:

    “I’m delighted to be associated with the campaign to eradicate polio and I believe that we should take the opportunity to do all we can to consign this terrible disease to history.”

  • Tom Brake MP (Liberal Democrats)

    “We CAN eradicate polio by 2019 and get rid of polio for ever and it is for that reason that I’m delighted to add my name to this campaign.”


    “I commend the incredible efforts that have brought us so close to a polio-free world. The support and the pressure must remain until we consign this horrible disease to history.”

  • Fiona Bruce MP (Conservative)

    “As a member of the International Development Select Committee I know what a difference aid can make in developing countries and am therefore delighted to support this campaign.”

  • Sarah Champion MP (Labour)

    “Polio is on the cusp of being eradicated but we need the continued support of the UK government and other donors to achieve this. I’m delighted to support this campaign which I hope will contribute to the eradication of this preventable disease during this parliamentary term.”

  • Jo Churchill MP (Conservative)

    “We are so close to eradicating polio, and having been a supporter of Rotary International’s work in this area I want to see our Government finish the job.”


    “We are doing the world a disservice if we do not push for the eradication of polio as soon as possible. I’m delighted to be asked to add my name to a campaign that seeks to do exactly that.”

  • Julie Cooper MP (LABOUR)

    “I am committed to eradicating this debilitating disease and providing support for sufferers everywhere. I’m very pleased to be part of this campaign and am confident we can make a real difference with enough support.”

  • Baroness Cox (Crossbench)

    “I’m delighted to lend my support to this important campaign. Cases of polio have been reduced by 99% since 1988 and the UK government should continue to lead the vital work that is being done to ensure that the final 1% is eradicated by 2019”

  • Nic Dakin MP (Labour)

    “I signed the Polio pledge on the One Last Push website to celebrate the fantastic work that has been done globally in recent years to combat this awful disease, but also to acknowledge that there is still much work to be done. Cases of polio have reduced by 99% since 1985 but the last 1% will be the most difficult to achieve and there are many countries that still need our support.”

  • Martyn Day MP (Scottish National Party)

    “I am happy to support the push to eradicate polio. With a disease which has affected millions of people over the years, it is only right that we encourage an effort in order to completely rid the world of this disease.”

  • Lord Dholakia (Liberal Democrats)

    “There is no cure for polio but there is a vaccine and it is a vaccine that every child from around the world should have access to, irrespective of where they come from. I’m delighted therefore to be associated with this campaign to rid the world of this awful, but preventable disease”

  • Mark Durkan MP (Social Democratic & Labour Party)

    “Decades of hard work mean that we are now in a position to eradicate this disease once and for all. I’m happy to offer my support to this campaign and would urge the UK government to continue its generous support for the GPEI”

  • Clive Efford MP (Labour)

    “We are so close to the global eradication of this terrible disease. I am determined that we live up to our commitments and do everything we can to finally achieve our goal and make sure that no child has to suffer the awful effects of polio again.”


    “The polio eradication programme demonstrates what can be achieved when global efforts align to make the extraordinary, achievable. The UK can play a huge role in achieving the extraordinary and I urge our government to continue its support of polio eradication efforts.”

  • Marion Fellows MP (Scottish National Party)

    “We are very close to eradicating polio worldwide and by supporting this cause we will be helping bring about a truly historic achievement.”

  • Frank Field MP (LABOUR)

    “I am very happy to add my name to the campaign to eradicate this dreadful disease. I encourage the UK Government to keep to its pledge to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and end polio once and for all.”

  • James Gray MP (Conservative)

    “While there is no cure for polio, there is a vaccine, and I am delighted that the UK committed in 2013 to eradicating this devastating disease by pledging £300 million to 2019, enabling the full vaccination of more than 360 million children. At a cost of less than £1 per child, it is important that we continue to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to ensure that the vaccine reaches every last child”

  • Helen Hayes MP (Labour)

    “I sympathise profoundly with anyone affected by polio and believe that we cannot relax our struggle with this disease – we need to push for its total eradication, and the UK should be at the forefront of this international effort.”


    “There should be no place on this earth for a disease that is capable of being eradicated. I therefore urge the UK government to continue its support of the polio eradication programme allowing the world, including the UK, to reap the benefits of eradication.”

  • George Howarth MP (LABOUR)

    “There is currently no cure for polio; it can only be prevented by administering a vaccine, multiple times. 2015 had fewer cases of polio, in fewer places than ever before and the global eradication of polio is possible by 2020 with one final push. As a Polio Champion, I will do everything I can to help eradicate this terrible disease.”


    “The UK has been a staunch supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Programme and I urge the UK government to continue that long term support until polio is eradicated.”


    “I can think of no better landmark for the SDG era than the eradication of Polio, and the UK government must now seize with both hands the opportunity to continue its leadership of the Polio eradication programme.”


    “The UK government has been a world leader in efforts to eradicate polio. I ask that it continues to provide that support so that polio is consigned to history as only the second disease to be eradicated.”

  • Mike Kane MP (Labour)

    “The UK should be at the forefront of international efforts to tackle poverty and poor health provision in developing countries, as we were when the Department for International Development was established in 1997. Labour’s political leadership led to the Millennium Development Goals, and we tripled the UK’s aid budget – helping to lift three million people out of poverty every year between 1997 and 2010. The Government must now show similar ambition in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and efforts to eradicate polio.”


    “We are on the brink of eliminating a disease for only the second time in history and both the UK and the EU have had a significant part to play in that success. In order to make eradication a reality, we need the continued support of the UK and for the EU to make good on its declaration of March 2015, which was signed by 404 signatories in parliament, in support of polio eradication.”


    “It is imperative that Polio is wiped out and I am delighted to sign the pledge.”

  • Chris Law MP (Scottish National Party)

    “It’s difficult for us to remember that polio was once a disease that was feared worldwide, striking suddenly and paralysing mainly children for life. Polio has now been reduced by 99% and survives only among the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities, where it stalks the most vulnerable children. I am delighted to sign this pledge and convinced that through the efforts of the WHO and others, we will get to 100% as soon as practically possible.”

  • Jeremy Lefroy MP (Conservative)

    “We have already made great strides in the battle for Polio eradication but there is still some way to go. I am pleased to support the One Last Push campaign to see this terrible but preventable disease eradicated once and for all.”

  • Clive Lewis MP (Labour)

    “I sympathise profoundly with anyone affected by polio and believe that we cannot relax our struggle with this disease – we need to push for its total eradication.”

  • Tim Loughton MP (CONSERVATIVE)

    “A world without polio is now tantalisingly close. The UK has been a sector leader and must continue to support eradication efforts to ensure that the job is finished.”


    “I am delighted to support the One Last Push campaign to bring about the eradication of polio worldwide. We now must ensure the government honours its promise made through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative so that everyone everywhere can escape the devastating effects of this disease for good.”

  • Linda McAvan MEP (Labour)

    “A polio free world is in sight. The UK government and the European Union can both lead the way by committing to finish the job.”

  • Alison McGovern MP (Labour)

    “To ensure the Government makes good on its pledge to end Polio through the global eradication initiative.”

  • Catherine McKinnell MP (Labour)

    “We must finish the job of eradicating polio across the world, and – whilst significant progress has been made towards achieving this goal – there’s no room for complacency about the importance of getting rid of this terrible disease. The British Government has a vital role to play in helping to deliver this promise, and I will continue to press them to ensure we do our bit.”


    “Much good work has been done to eradicate polio and I support the effort to rid the world of this devastating disease.”

  • Greg Mulholland MP (Liberal Democrats)

    “We are within reach of something historic. We can end polio by 2020 and I hope ministers will continue to do all they can to support this vital cause. I am proud to sign up as a Polio Champion and will hold government to account on its commitment to fighting polio.”


    “This is a subject which is of great personal interest to me, as Post-Polio Syndrome has touched my own family, with my wife Barbara having been affected by this condition.”

  • Lord Oates (Liberal Democrats)

    “I’m delighted to lend my support to a campaign that could help to eradicate polio during the course of this parliamentary term.”


    “The UK’s continued support to the GPEI could see the eradication of polio by 2019. It is for this reason that I support this campaign to help consign polio to history.”

  • Margaret Ritchie MP (Social Democratic & Labour Party)

    “I firmly believe that all efforts should be made by the British Government to put in place measures to eradicate polio.”

  • Laurence Robertson MP (Conservative)

    “It is really important that we do everything we can to eradicate this terrible disease. It has been many years since children in this country last suffered from polio and it is therefore only right that we do similar for other children across the world. I am therefore very happy to support this campaign.”

  • Gavin Robinson MP (Democratic Unionist Party)

    “It is often too easy to support something so clearly achievable and worthy, but I wish to encourage decision makers in the UK and elsewhere to engage in a concerted effort to eradicate Polio once and for all.”

  • Jim Shannon MP (Democratic Unionist Party)

    “The hard work of the stakeholders has meant that we are now in a position to eradicate polio across our nation forever. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring the government holds firm in its commitment to end polio once and for all.”

  • Virendra Sharma MP (Labour)

    “Eradicating Polio has been successful across around 80% of the world, but we still have to stop the blight of this terrible disease on thousands of the most vulnerable worldwide”


    “I want to see this terrible disease eradicated across the world.”

  • Lord Sheikh (Conservative)

    “The eradication of polio is within our gift and I urge the UK government to continue its support of the GPEI and to lead the fight to eradicate polio during this parliamentary term.”

  • Tommy Sheppard MP (Scottish National Party)

    “Fantastic work has been done to eliminate Polio across the world and we are close to wiping out this horrendous virus. I’m pleased to support this campaign for one last push to eradicate it completely.”

  • David Simpson MP (Democratic Unionist Party)

    “We are so close to ridding the world of this truly horrible disease. Yet we cannot stop just yet. The continued support of the UK Government is crucial on this home stretch and that is why I fully support the One last Push campaign! Let’s end Polio before the end of this parliament!”

  • Andrew Smith MP (Labour)

    “It’s good that the UK has played a leading role in the drive to eradicate polio. I very much hope this will continue, so we get the job done, to the benefit of so many.”


    “Polio can have a devastating impact on those affected. We now have a historic opportunity. I am delighted to support this campaign to ensure that the Government does the right thing and places the UK at the forefront of efforts to eradicate this appalling disease once and for all.”

  • Chloe Smith MP (CONSERVATIVE)

    “By working together the world defeated Small Pox. The near eradication of Polio demonstrates there is no reason why we cannot do the same here. I’m backing the campaign to end Polio because almost isn’t good enough.”


    “With the will, it’s possible to eradicate polio, and I’m pleased to support the campaign to do it.”

  • Andrew Stephenson MP (Conservative)

    “The UK has done a huge amount for global polio eradication in recent years and I urge the UK government to continue its leadership. In doing so, there is a real possibility of polio being eradicated during the course of this government. I’m happy to support this campaign to make that possibility a reality.”

  • Julian Sturdy MP (Conservative)

    “I am very happy to support this campaign which I hope will contribute to the eradication of polio over the next five years.”

  • Dr Philippa Whitford MP (Scottish National Party)

    “Having had the opportunity to visit health posts in Ethiopia I was very impressed at the vaccination rates achieved and the reduction in cases of infectious diseases including Polio. Africa has now been Polio free for 15 months but we need to continue our support so that developing countries can maintain surveillance and we still require one last push to eliminate the disease from Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

  • Mark Williams MP (Liberal Democrats)

    “We are close to eradicating polio for good, yet we need to make the final push to ensure that polio, like smallpox, is a thing of the past that no one must ever suffer from again.”

  • Corri Wilson MP (Scottish National Party)

    “So much progress has been made toward ridding the world of this virus, and we are close to eliminating it for good. I am happy to support one last push to help those areas where this awful disease still has a presence.”

Thank you to our   champions so far…

  • If you are a parliamentarian who wants to sign our pledge and be a part of ending polio in this Parliament, please click here to upload directly your full name, photo and a quote on why you have signed.
  • Is your MP not listed here? If you are a member of the public and your MP hasn’t signed up yet, click here to email them now to tell them why they should be a polio champion. It only takes a minute.
  • The One Last Push campaign does not endorse any political candidate or provide funds to any political parties or election campaigns. Our Polio Champions are all motivated by a common desire to see the world rid of a paralysing but preventable disease.