David Anderson

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David Anderson was the Labour MP for Blaydon from 2005 until he stepped down at the 2017 general election.

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. David Anderson replied:

"1: Climate Change is the greatest challenge facing us all. We have no choice other than to wake up and address the problem, even if it may already be too late.
2: We need to ignore all those who say that one country cannot make a difference. Look at incremental changes we can make for example delaying street lighting times, encourage all businesses and public bodies to turn down their heating by 1 degree C. Expand and resource sustainable energy developments. Re-invigorate UK coal industry using clean coal technology. Promote geothermal developments.
3: I sent all households a ten point plan of simple steps to reduce Climate Change along side the Energy Saving Trust. I have agreed to Chair the Public Utilities Reform Group. I have supported positive EDM and supported the Governments overall programme."[1]

Article for CaSE

In the run-up to the 2015 general election, the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) invited candidates to contribute posts saying why science and engineering was important to them and the UK. David Anderson's response can be read at: http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/?p=17375

Science Funding

In October 2010, David Anderson signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth". It made specific references to the work of the Science is Vital coalition and the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[2]

Integrated Education in Northern Ireland

In January 2010, David Anderson proposed Early Day Motion 746: Integrated Education In Northern Ireland[3]. The motion stated:

That this House recognises that sustainable power-sharing in Northern Ireland would be massively enhanced with greater moves to bringing Catholics and Protestants together in daily life, especially in housing and education; further recognises that these two communities are deeply segregated from each other; notes that only six per cent. of children attend integrated schools which seek to promote mutual understanding; and urges policy-makers to make increasing the size of the integrated education sector a far greater priority.

Same-Sex Marriage

David Anderson voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[4] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[5].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 David Anderson voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[6]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the HFEA, which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[7]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[8]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Libel Law Reform

In December 2009, David Anderson signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[9]. 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.

Anderson also signed the amended EDM 423A1[10] which added a statement of the belief that "libel laws discriminate against average and low paid people when victims of defamatory comment in the pages of national publications". In March 2010, he removed his signature from the original motion, completing the transfer to the amended version.


  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/746
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=David_Anderson
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=David_Anderson
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=David_Anderson
  7. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423#423A1

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