Andrew Miller

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Andrew Miller was the Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston from 1992 until he stepped down at the 2015 general election.

He was Chair of the Science and Technology Committee from 2010 until 2015.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Andrew Miller voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Andrew Miller 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Andrew Miller signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[5]. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.

Climate Change

In February 2010, Andrew Miller signed Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community"[6].

Science Funding

In October 2010, Andrew Miller signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth".[7]

Scientific Advice to MPs

January 2015 newspaper report: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/15/scientific-advice-government-ministers-andrew-miller-science

Same-Sex Marriage

Andrew Miller voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[8] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[9].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Andrew_Miller
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Andrew_Miller
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Andrew_Miller

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