Celia Barlow

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Celia Barlow was the Labour MP for Hove from 2005 until 2010, when she lost the seat to Mike Weatherley (Conservative).


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Celia Barlow voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 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.


In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Celia Barlow signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[2].

Climate Change

In February 2010, Celia Barlow 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"[3].

Libel Law Reform

In March 2010, Celia Barlow signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[4]. 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.

General Election 2010 survey

On 8th April 2010 Celia Barlow was emailed the following questions:

1. Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven treatments such as homeopathy?

2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?

3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?

4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly without fear of being sacked?

5. Should Sharia law be allowed as an alternative system within UK law?

6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?

7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?

8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?

9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?

10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?

Responses will be added to this page once they arrive.


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423

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