Chi Onwurah

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Chinyelu Susan "Chi" Onwurah is the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central. She entered Parliament at the May 2010 general election, the previous MP, Jim Cousins (Labour), having stood down.

Ms Onwurah has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

She was appointed to the roll of junior shadow minister for Business, Innovation and Skills in October 2010.

Science Policy

In September 2010, Ms Onwurah signed both Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[1], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[2]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

On 20th October 2010, at Prime Minister's Questions immediately prior to the announcement of the results of the spending review, Ms Onwurah asked David Cameron to explain "how cutting science funding is part of a strategy for growth", observing that "Germany is increasing its science funding by 7%". Cameron replied announcing that the government planned to "freeze the science budget in cash terms".[3][4]

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Skeptical Hustings

Ms Onwurah was one of the panellists at an April 2015 hustings event organised by Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub. Audio files:

Genetically Modified Food

In July 2013 Ms Onwurah asked Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, if she would "commit to working with the scientific community in this country and abroad to explore the myths on both sides of the argument about the use of genetically modified food and agriculture in developing countries so that the UK can take an evidence-based position?"[5]

Climate Change

In March 2015 Ms Onwurah addressed the Climate Action Now demonstration in Newcastle upon Tyne, posing for photos with a banner reading "Climate Action Now!"[6]

Same-Sex Marriage

Chi Onwurah voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[7] and its third reading in May 2013[8].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Chi Onwurah 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[9]. 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[10]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[11]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.



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