Andrew Stunell

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Andrew Stunell was the Liberal Democrat MP for Hazel Grove from 1997 until he stood down at the 2015 general election.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Andrew Stunell voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Andrew Stunell 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.

Miracle Cures

In June 2008, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1770, protesting the uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value. [5]

Herbal Medicines

Andrew Stunell has signed a number of Early Day Motions that support the use of herbal medicines. These include EDM 1103: Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (2005)[6], EDM 2080: Herbal Remedies (2008)[7], and EDM 295: Statutory Registration of Herbalists (2009)[8].

MMR Vaccine

Andrew Stunell signed the February 2009 Early Day Motion 754: MMR Vaccine and the Media supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.[9]

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Andrew Stunell signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[10]. 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

Andrew Stunell voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[11] and its third reading in May 2013[12].

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_Stunell
  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/2007-08/1770
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1103
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/2080
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/295
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Andrew_Stunell
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Andrew_Stunell

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