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Campaigner cited by PM at party talk
9:30am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Cherwell
A WEST Oxfordshire cancer campaigner has been referenced in a speech by the Prime Minister.
As he addressed the Conservative party conference in Birmingham yesterday David Cameron cited the Cancer Drugs Fund, which was launched at the house of Clive Stone, as one of the ‘big, life-changing things’ his party had done since coming to power in 2010.
The 64-year-old, from Eynsham, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2007, has fought successfully to make the kidney cancer drug Sunitinib available on the NHS and Mr Cameron announced his plans to allocate £200m to the emergency drug fund for cancer patients from Mr Stone’s sofa.
In his speech the Witney MP and Tory party leader said: “We’ve been in office two and a half years now – and we’ve done some big, life-changing things. Just ask Clive Stone, who you saw in a film earlier.
“I met him years ago, when we were in Opposition.
“He had cancer and he said to me, the drug I need – it’s out there but they won’t give it to me because it’s too expensive please, if you get in, do something about it.”
Mr Stone was last night unavailable for comment.