Danny Alexander

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Danny Alexander was the Liberal Democrat MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey from 2005 until he lost the seat at the 2015 general election.

Homeopathy

Mr Alexander was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of homeopathic hospitals.[1]

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Danny Alexander voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[2].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Danny Alexander 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[3]. 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[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Miracle Cures

In June 2008, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1770, protesting the uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value. [6]

MMR Vaccine

Alexander 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.[7]

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. Danny Alexander replied:

"1: There is no more important concern on a global level. Environmental damage impacts on us down to a local and personal level, and we're at an important juncture at which urgent action is now crucial.
2: I fully support the Lib Dem proposals for green taxes and committing to the Kyoto protocol. We've put forward climate change as one of our biggest policy concerns. Britain can make a huge difference in leading some of the biggest offenders such as the US and China towards significant reform, but the government needs to shake off its complacency and put forward some detailed and committed proposals, as does Mr Cameron. Our green tax policy is well developed and would prove effective in changing behaviour.
3: My constituency includes the Cairngorms national park, which is worried about its skiing industry suffering from the effects of climate change, this would directly impact on the tourist trade in the town of Aviemore, where I live, in terms of employment etc. So it is a constituency more likely to feel the direct effects than some others over the coming years. I have kitted out my new house with energy saving lightbulbs (luckily it's a new house so has double glazing, etc) and just swapped to a more fuel efficient car, which is important as I drive a lot.
In Parliament, I am also in contact with a business in my constituency which manufactures energy saving roof implants for factories and warehouses, and have met with the owners and a Treasury minister to discuss fiscal incentives for the building industry to introduce energy saving measures. There is more on the way climate change is more of an constant concern which we feel our MPs largely hold dear, and have for years, rather than something (like the Tories for example) to be suddenly embraced when it's good for publicity!"[8]

In January 2010, Danny Alexander 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"[9].

Libel Law Reform

In February 2010, Danny Alexander signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[10]. 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

Danny Alexander voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[11] and its third reading in May 2013[12].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Danny_Alexander
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  8. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Danny_Alexander
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Danny_Alexander

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