We asked people to sign an open letter to go to print media for World Polio Day on 24th October 2015. The purpose of the letter was to spread the message that we can end polio before the next election and urge the Government to fulfil its commitment to end polio. The response was fantastic with over 700 signatures including media doctors Dr Hilary Jones from GMTV and Dr Chris Steele MBE from This Morning, RESULTS UK, Stephen Brown, Europe Director, Global Poverty Project and CEO of British Polio Fellowship Ted Hill MBE.

You can read the open letter and see who signed it below.

Dear Sir/Madam,
Ahead of World Polio Day tomorrow, we the undersigned are joining together to give One Last Push in the battle to end polio forever.The worldwide campaign against this terrible disease is now reaching a crucial moment. Last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared India to be polio-free. In July 2015 they announced that Nigeria is also on course for a polio-free future with no new cases detected for twelve months. Only Pakistan and Afghanistan have reported cases of wild poliovirus this year — and total cases are in steep decline.

It is now a real possibility that we could eradicate polio completely before the next UK General Election in 2020. This would make it only the second human disease in history that we have managed to wipe out.

But we can only win this historic victory if the UK Government follows up on the fantastic support it has given the Global Polio Eradication Initiative so far. We need our Government to keep backing polio efforts until the world is certified polio-free.

Up until the 1980s, polio was still paralysing children here in Britain, and there are still people struggling with the effects of this today. Now there is a real chance to make sure that no child, no matter where they live, has to suffer from this disease.

Today we are calling on people across the UK to contact their MPs and urge them to publicly back Britain’s polio commitment. Let’s make sure that every one of the UK’s 650 Members of Parliament will stand up for Britain’s pledges on polio and be part of the Parliament that ends polio forever.

Please visit www.onelastpush.org where you can send this message directly to your local MP. You will be backing thousands of volunteer health workers in some of the world’s most inaccessible regions. These are local people who travel on foot, by bicycle, donkey, camel or elephant to help vaccinate every last child.

To every MP, our request is simple. Please keep up the pressure on polio. Please join us in giving One Last Push — and ensure that by 2020 we have wiped out this cruel disease once and for all.

Here is the list of who signed:

  • Dr Hilary Jones – Doctor on GMTV
  • Dr Chris Steele – Doctor on This Morning
  • Sajjad Karim S.QA MEP – Chairman European Parliament Friends of Pakistan Group
  • Sir Ken Robinson – Author, speaker and international advisor of education
  • Ted Hill MBE – CEO of British Polio Fellowship
  • Dr. Lola Dare – CEO of Chestrad
  • Ms. Suniya Qureshi – Fellow at the Muslim Institute Professor
  • Nick Grassly – Epidemiologist at the Imperial College London
  • Ms. Sana Shah – Outreach Coordinator, British Pakistan Foundation
  • Mr. Aaron Haroon Rashid – CEO, Unicorn Black
  • Lord Ara Darzi – Director, Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation
  • Dr. Gareth Williams – Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Bristol
  • Dr. Nick Ward – Former Chairman TAG on polio, WHO
  • Dr. James Bunn – Consultant Paediatrician, Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr. Aminu Shittu – University of Liverpool, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health
  • Dr. Mike Turner – Head of Infection and Immuno-biology, Wellcome Trust
  • Professor Nick Spencer – Emeritus Professor of Child Health, Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  • Stephen Brown – Europe Director at the Global Poverty Project
  • RESULTS UK – an international NGO whose vision is a world free of hunger and extreme poverty.

And members of the British Public who want to see an end to polio everywhere added their name too.

  • Rob Mogridge
  • Simon Coxshaw
  • Sally Lock
  • Martin Lock
  • Joanne Ellis
  • Jeremy Ellis
  • Brian Howells
  • Sandra Barlow
  • Bruce Duncan
  • Maureen Wakeford
  • Sally Timmins
  • Mrs Vanessa Rogerson
  • Sylvie Horwood
  • Alexandra Manson
  • Patricia Susan Anne Goddard
  • Bernard Manson
  • Sandra Chipping
  • Alexander Scullion
  • Alexander Miller
  • Paula Haggerty
  • Elizabeth Reid
  • Michael Tyrrell
  • Alice Nisbet
  • Elaine Wright
  • Mrs Ann Maybray
  • John Leslie Knott
  • Michael Halliwell
  • Sue Park
  • Kenneth Holland
  • Mrs Mina Begg
  • Anne Smidmore
  • Barbara Lee
  • Maureen Williams
  • Pamela Connacher
  • Susan Short
  • June Seymour
  • Allison Mary Prosser
  • Keith Elliot
  • Sheila Fielder
  • Jeanette Kelso
  • June Burrell
  • Sue Hayward
  • Mrs Jackie Morris
  • Susan Goodman
  • Diane Ransome
  • Mary Whitehead
  • Patricia Coppock
  • Olga Jones
  • Joanna Howard
  • Stephen Jackson
  • Sheila Bibby
  • Julie Prophet
  • Barbara Lucas
  • Derek Ladkin
  • John G Lamb
  • Janet Clark
  • Gaynor Thelma Mccormick
  • Douglas Spencer
  • Lorraine Miller
  • Elinor Lindsay
  • David Ventress
  • Keith Atkins
  • Susan Nottingham
  • Jamesey Ward
  • Janet Aitken
  • Carol Potter
  • Elisabeth Frances Garner
  • Georgia Mcallister
  • Susan Stewrt
  • Margaret Atkins
  • Clive Parfitt
  • Annette Hawkins
  • Peter Vincent
  • Mrs Karen Drakeley
  • June Wakefield
  • John Angus Scott
  • Mick O\\’neill-duff
  • Denise Lyons
  • Evelyn Margaret Frost
  • Andy Pawlicki
  • Carol Coupe
  • Rita Wimpenny
  • Jennifer Matthews
  • Laraine Mccourt
  • Mrs Carol Milner
  • Patricia Ann Watts
  • Marilynn Kidd
  • Teresita Carter
  • Isabella Tait Steedman
  • Heather Urquhart
  • Brian Jenkins
  • Juliette Malcolm
  • David Clough
  • Frances Heath
  • Shelagh Millett
  • Christopher Paul Southerton
  • Mike Donald
  • Pat Christian
  • Richard Millett
  • Marie Cole
  • Elen Menai Pearson
  • The Revd Linda Isiorho
  • Patricia Armstrong
  • Anwyn Weatherill
  • William Pead
  • Mary Laing
  • Jane Sparrow
  • Linda Harding
  • Bruce Sharpe
  • Marilyn Sherratt
  • Susan Chapman
  • Valerie Hough
  • Paul Green
  • Lorna Walker
  • Elizabeth Harries
  • Ann Vincent
  • Douglas Dickson
  • Paul Danielson
  • Jean Allsworth
  • June Mordecai
  • Mrs Lesley Smith
  • David Owen Jobbins
  • David William Bridge
  • Carole Bromehead
  • Brian Wordsworth
  • Rosemary Orr
  • Gillian Anne Hallsworth
  • Judy Nichol
  • Joe Nolan
  • Jenny Syrett
  • Patricia Hughes
  • Marie Spillett
  • Frederick Bristo
  • Mrs Diana White
  • Kay Newman
  • Joan Smith
  • Michelle Smith
  • Bernice Milton
  • Christine Mary Kent
  • Marian Joan Hall
  • Frank Brown
  • Deborah Mika
  • Mary Briscoe
  • Lynne Guzha
  • Stephen Leatherland
  • Derham William Locke
  • Elleanor Bara
  • Paulette Garvey
  • Janet Anslow
  • Dee Nicolay
  • Mary Mackay
  • David Sutton
  • Margaret Conaghan
  • Anne Elizabeth Zokas
  • Sandra Macmartin
  • Margaret Forrester
  • Trevor Ainsley Thomas
  • Desmond Warren
  • Janet Woolgar
  • Elaine Nicholson
  • Gill Zachar
  • Jill Purbhoo
  • Adrienne Laverick
  • Margaret Tierney
  • Mrs Hilary Hall
  • Elizabeth Owens
  • William Emery
  • Judith Stallard
  • Mrs Sandra Swindale
  • Brian Russell
  • Mrs Julia Cain
  • Ann Leigh
  • Geoffrey Dacombe
  • Dave Shurety
  • Barbara Graves
  • Barbara Clarke
  • Lynn Mosses
  • Mary Stark
  • Mrs Ann Whittingham
  • Stephen Williams
  • Mike Murfitt
  • Marian Griggs
  • Mrs Sandra Ryland
  • Colleen Durham
  • Kathleen Letton
  • George Low
  • Deirdre Howard-white
  • Michael John Ross
  • Miss Alison R Prior
  • June Wendy Wood
  • Alan Ware
  • Valerie Patricia Bradburn
  • Mary Irene Walker
  • Derek Duncan
  • Tara Medhurst
  • Gillian Margaret Oliver
  • Wendy Trickett
  • Sharon Richmond
  • Leonard William Jones
  • Madeleine Ross
  • Lesley Strachan
  • June Parsons
  • Mrs Nicolette Babbage-clark
  • Anne Wilmot
  • Dorothy Nightingale
  • Derek Harlow
  • Deborah Bosanquet
  • Sue Disley
  • Ann Alderson
  • Sue Collins
  • Christine Rudge
  • Jakki Wetherall
  • Maria Haughan
  • Yvonne Clover-lambert
  • Mrs J. Sivapragasam
  • Mrs June Smith
  • Yvonne Beech
  • Pat Haines
  • Matthew Clark
  • Valerie Ellen Hymers
  • David L.chapman
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  • Janet Kingsford
  • Jennifer O’hare
  • Ruth Pearson
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  • Christine Blunt
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  • Susan Wright
  • David Pearson
  • Mrs Patricia Evans
  • Rosemary Frampton
  • Sheila Mcnamara
  • Denise Moore
  • Janice Jump
  • Stella Nesbitt
  • Mrs Joy Marsden
  • Margaret Beckwith
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  • Jeanne Rault
  • Susan Lee
  • Maureen Bradley
  • Tonette Cook
  • Patricia Imelda Hyde
  • Vincent Matchett
  • Dudley Peter Templeman
  • Deborah Ashton-ward
  • Peter Matthews
  • Jacqueline Green
  • Danny Ward
  • Mrs.hazel Howard
  • Susan Elizabeth Penny
  • Ruth D E Hindes
  • Lindi Ross
  • Frederick Niblett
  • Doreen O’keefe
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  • Jean Nicolson
  • Patricia Church
  • Valerie Moloney
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  • Margaret Dean
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  • Anita Griffiths
  • Donald Copland
  • Jane Phipps
  • Mrs Janet Parkes
  • Christine Fraser
  • Andy Brown
  • Mrs Morag Rothwell
  • Brian Crowe
  • Alan Riddell
  • John Allan Bushell
  • Barbara Goodhew
  • David Macintyre
  • Sue Leverett
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  • Cindy Macfarlane
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  • Wendy Kathleen Suzanne Finlay
  • Ilona Mcculloch
  • Jayne Green
  • June Johnson
  • Barbara Milne
  • Linda Haysom
  • Diane Davies
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  • Laura Kelly
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  • Patricia Butcher
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