Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Con, The Cotswolds) is lending his support to a man with a terminal illness who is offering to act as a 'human guinea pig' for new treatments.
Speaking to our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine, Mr Clifton-Brown says he wants a world with 'treatable, not terminal' illnesses.
Les Halpin from Gloucestershire who has the terminal illness Motor Neurone Disease is offering to test new drugs which might help find a cure - or at least a more effective treatment. He has started a petition and set up a charity to try to speed up the licensing process, which can take years.
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The fight for 10 Downing Street kicks off today with the dissolution of Parliament - and the South West is a key battleground for votes.
The Liberal Democrats won the Bath constituency in 2010. With the current MP standing down, the Conservatives are targeting this seat.
Bridgwater and West Somerset is considered a Conservative safe seat - in 2010 they had a majority of over 9,000 votes.