Science Statement 2015
During the 2015 Labour leadership campaign, the group Scientists for Labour contacted all the leader and deputy leader candidates on the topic of their policy ideas regarding science, engineering and technology. Mr Bradshaw's reply can he read at http://www.scientistsforlabour.org.uk/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=139:ben-bradshaw-deputy-leadership-candidate&catid=53:labour-party&Itemid=141
Geek Manifesto and Evidence-Based Policy
In June 2013 Mr Bradshaw was asked on Twitter whether he had read the copy of Mark Henderson's Geek Manifesto book that he was sent. He responded: "not yet but fully support argument for evidence based policy *did* take part in Royal Society MP/science pairing scheme 2012/13".
In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Ben Bradshaw voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In February 2015 Ben Bradshaw 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. 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. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
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. Ben Bradshaw replied:
- "1: Climate change is the most serious threat to human kind ever
- 2: Britain has to take a lead by setting an example nationally and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with our ambitious targets and we need to work internationally to achieve similar reductions. What we do at home is important but is only 2% to 3% of global emissions. This is a global threat that needs global solutions.
- 3: Personally I have committed to carbon neutrality. That means whatever emissions left after reductions I have made through lifestyle changes I am offsetting through independently audited offset schemes."
Royal Society Pairing Scheme
In February 2013, Mr Bradshaw wrote about his experience in the Royal Society's MP/scientist pairing scheme: http://www.totalpolitics.com/articles/363877/experimental-politics-mps-can-learn-from-scientists.thtml
Minimum Alcohol Pricing
In March 2013 Mr Bradshaw tweeted "no evidence to support minimum price just penalises responsible drinkers & better ways to tackle problem drinking". On the issue of there being no evidence, one person responded with a link to the Alcohol Health Alliance's November 2013 statement in which Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, of the Royal College of Physicians, was quoted as saying:
- "The evidence shows us that heavy drinkers and young drinkers are more affected by higher alcohol prices than moderate drinkers. According to the University of Sheffield, a minimum unit price of 50p would reduce total alcohol consumption by 6.7%, saving around 20,000 hospital admissions in the first year. 40p would not be anywhere near as effective."
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