Hugh Bayley

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Hugh Bayley was the Labour MP for York (1992–1997), City of York (1997–2010) and York Central (2010–2015).

Use of Statistics

In January 2015 Hugh Bailey secured a House of Commons debate on National Statistics. Read the full debate here.


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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Hugh Bayley 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.

MMR Vaccine

Hugh Bayley 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.[5]


In June 2010, Hugh Bayley signed the amended 284A1: BMA Annual Representative Meeting Motions on Homeopathy[6]. While the original motion had expressed support for homeopathy on the NHS, the signed amendment supported the right of the British Medical Association to express its views, and noted that the motions proposed at their annual representative meeting endorse the view "that the evidence base is clear that homeopathy is not effective beyond placebo and that scarce NHS funds should not be spent commissioning it".

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Hugh Bayley replied:

"1: Climate Change is an issue of enormous importance. The UK was right to make it one of the key issues at last year's G8.
2: We must meet our Kyoto commitment and our own national emissions targets. We can't expect others to change if we fail to reduce our emissions.
3: As an individual I cycle in London and York. I helped draft the International Development Committee's report on Climate Change which went to the Rio +1: 0 summit in Johannesburg and prompted changes in UK government policy."[7]

Mr Bayley was a listed member of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group whose purpose is "To raise awareness of the threat of climate change and to promote policies to counter that threat".[8]

Animal Testing

In 2006, Hugh Bayley signed Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".[9]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Hugh Bayley signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[10], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[11]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

Libel Law Reform

In March 2010, Hugh Bayley signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[12]. 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

Hugh Bayley voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[13] and its third reading in May 2013[14].



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