Barry Sheerman

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Barry Sheerman is the Labour MP for Huddersfield. He entered Parliament in 1979.


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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Barry Sheerman 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

In October 2012 it was reported that Mr Sheerman supported proposed legislation to allow same-sex marriage, after previously opposing the change. He was quoted:

"... I’ve listened to the discussions and I’ve been persuaded that this is important to a lot of people in our community.
"I’ve mulled it over and I’ve decided there are certain times when it’s right to change your mind."[5]

Mr Sheerman subsequently voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[6] and its third reading in May 2013[7].



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