Debbie Abrahams

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Debbie Abrahams is the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, having entered Parliament at the January 2011 by-election. In the 2010 general election she contested Colne Valley.

Ms Abrahams studied Biochemistry and Physiology at the University of Salford, before working in a research lab in Australia[1]. Returning to England she took a masters which she describes as "combining my interest in health and education". She then worked in health, eventually becoming Chair of Rochdale Primary Care Trust. In 2006 she resigned from the PCT, apparently due to issues about healthcare reform[2]. She then worked at the University of Liverpool, becoming a director of the International Health Impact Assessment Consortium[3]. She has described herself as being "recognised as a world expert in Health Impact Assessment (HIA)"[1].

Same-Sex Marriage

Debbie Abrahams voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[4] and its third reading in May 2013[5].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Debbie Abrahams 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[6]. 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[7]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[8]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.


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