Chris Bryant

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Chris Bryant is the Labour MP for Rhondda. He entered parliament in 2001.

Abortion

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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Chris Bryant 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.

Sex Education

In 2008, Mr Bryant launched the website http://www.teenagemums.org.uk/, a report on how to tackle teenage pregnancy aimed at his constituency, Rhondda. The introduction includes some statements indicative of an evidence-based approach:

"We need to be prepared to challenge deeply held prejudices and perceptions about sex, about education, about growing up and about what the state should provide."
"Whatever our personal attitudes to sex, we have to look at what works – and what is not working now."

Mephedrone

On 21 April 2010, Mr Bryant posted on his website reporting that "legal high" Mephedrone had now been banned. He wrote "I contacted the Home Office pressing for a ban and I’m glad this has now come into force."[5] However the effectiveness of such a policy has been questioned by experts including Professor David Nutt[6].

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. Chris Bryant replied:

"1: Climate Change is an ethical and political challenge that we have to meet if we want to pass on a world that is worth living in to future generations, but it is also vital that we tackle the problem urgently if we are to protect not just the environment but the long-term viability of our economy.
2: Britain cannot go it alone. We have to work with our European neighbours and with the wider world community to win the argument in favour of sustainable economic growth that protects the environment and delivers greater equality around the globe. We must also provide real financial and other incentives for individuals and businesses to tackle energy waste and to prevent unnecessary harmful emissions. We should encourage more people to think twice about getting in the car. We should tackle the 'stand-by' culture that uses electricity in many appliances just to keep them on stand-by.
3: I have become much more assiduous in switching off stand-by appliances and have tried (so far without success) to have a wind turbine fitted to my home. I travel between Westminster and my constituency by train."[7]

LGBT Rights

Mr Bryant is gay and in a civil partnership, so his support for gay rights is unsurprising. Prior to the 2010 general election he was awarded a score of "100" by Stonewall based on his votes in the 2005-2010 Parliament on issues of interest to Stonewall[8]. He has also written of his support for both marriage and civil partnerships to be open to all couples[9][10]. In 2013 he voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading[11] and its third reading[12].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Chris_Bryant
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://epolitixdesign.co.uk/chrisbryant4labour/?p=318
  6. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/01/drugs-mephedrone-class-d
  7. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  8. http://www.stonewall.org.uk/documents/stonewall_mp_voting_records_2010_1.pdf
  9. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/columnists/chris-bryant/chris-bryant-im-gay-i-have-a-husband-and-hes-called-jared--words-that-no-longer-shock-7547333.html
  10. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/if-gay-couples-can-have-civil-partnerships-so-muststraight-couples-8621143.html
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Chris_Bryant
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Chris_Bryant

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