Alex Cunningham

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Alex Cunningham is the Labour MP for Stockton North. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Frank Cook (Labour), having stood down.

Smoking in Cars in the Presence of Children

Mr Cunningham writing about his Private Member's Bill: http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2011/06/26/comment-smoking-ban-is-needed-to-protect-chil (June 2011)

BMA calls for an outright ban on smoking in cars: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15744352 (November 2011)

Science Funding

In September/October 2010, Alex Cunningham signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[1], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[2]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

Politics and Religion

Mr Cunningham interviewed by Christians in Parliament: http://vimeo.com/88452084

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Alex Cunningham voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[3]. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Alex_Cunningham
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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