Diana Johnson

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Diana Johnson is the Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull North. She entered Parliament at the 2005 general election. Before this she was briefly a member of the London Assembly, taking the post after the resignation of Trevor Phillips in 2003, but not standing for re-election in 2004.


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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Diana Johnson 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.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Diana Johnson 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".[5]

Gay "Cures"

In May 2013 Ms Johnson co-wrote an article for Pink News on gay-to-straight conversion therapy. The article stated that:

" … numerous professional organisations have condemned conversion therapy as ineffective and potentially harmful … "
"Parliament, and the government, needs to give the issue of conversion therapy much more attention than it has thus far. There hasn’t been a single Select Committee investigation, House of Commons Library publication nor indeed any government statement whatsoever on conversion-related issues, save their responses to the questions we have tabled them in the House of Commons. Their answers to these questions have been less than satisfactory."[6]

In April 2014 Ms Johnson initiated a cross-party letter to Norman Lamb calling on him to do more to address the problem of supposed gay conversion therapy[7].

Experimental Animals

Ms Johnson has asked a number of Parliamentary questions regarding the use of animals for experimentation:

Same-Sex Marriage

Diana Johnson voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[8] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[9].


  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=Diana_Johnson
  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://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  6. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/05/25/labour-mp-diana-johnson-its-now-time-for-parliament-to-tackle-the-issue-of-gay-conversion-therapy/
  7. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/04/01/mps-demand-health-minister-tightens-up-safeguards-against-gay-cure-therapies/
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Diana_Johnson
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Diana_Johnson

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