Andrew Gwynne

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Andrew Gwynne is the Labour MP for Denton and Reddish. He entered Parliament in 2005.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Andrew Gwynne voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[1]. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

Herbal Medicine

Mr Gwynne contributed to a July 2013 Westminster Hall debate on the regulation of herbal medicine. The debate, called by David Tredinnick, saw several MPs talk against regulation, however Mr Gwynne spoke against this trend:

"...surely the Government have a responsibility to ensure that arrangements are in place to make certain that such medicines are safe, as far as they can be, and that those who prescribe and dispense such medicines are appropriately qualified and regulated. It is therefore important that we get a clear view from the Government today on whether they will continue with the statutory registration proposals. It is also important that they give us some confidence that it will be done within a reasonable time frame, so that we can give that confidence back to the industry and those who use herbal medicines."

Science Funding

In September 2010, Andrew Gwynne signed Early Day Motion 707: Government Funding for UK Science. The motion stated that the house "supports the view of the President of the Royal Society that short-term austerity risks undermining the UK's future science base", noted that other countries were investing in science to promote economic growth, and "believes that investment in basic scientific research throughout the UK is vital if the commercial benefits of developing new technology are to be broadly spread".[2]

Same-Sex Marriage

Andrew Gwynne voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[3] and its third reading in May 2013[4].



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