Gareth Thomas

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Gareth Thomas is the Labour MP for Harrow West. He entered Parliament in 1997.


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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Gareth Thomas 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.


A news article on his website on 20th March 2009[5] describes Thomas's invitation to the Pope to visit Harrow:

Gareth Thomas meets Pope's advisers over possible Harrow visit
Gareth Thomas has encouraged Pope Benedict XVI to visit Harrow.
Gareth Thomas MP visited the Vatican on Monday and met with Monsignor Pietro Parolin, one of the Pope's senior advisers.
The Prime Minister Gordon Brown invited the Pope to visit this country at the end of last month, and Mr Thomas extended the invitation to include a visit to the borough.
Mr Thomas was in Italy for talks about the upcoming G20 and G8 summits in his capacity as a government minister, and said it would be “great” for the Pope to accept his invitation.
He said: “They are considering whether to accept Gordon Brown's invitation, and they certainly were not against the idea of coming to Harrow.
“They were very positive about the Prime Minister's visit, and it would be great if it was accepted.” If the Pope accepts the invitation, he is likely to come to the UK at some point next year.

Climate Change

A news article on his website on 2nd October 2009[6] notes that Gareth Thomas has signed up to the "10:10" campaign to cut emissions of CO2 by individuals and organisations by 10% in 2010. Thomas is quoted as saying that "this is a chance to send a message to all those politicians meeting in Copenhagen at the end of the year to agree a deal on how the world can stop runaway climate change."

Smoking Ban

In 2003 Gareth Thomas introduced a Smoking (Restaurants) Bill that would prevent people from smoking in premises that sell food. He quoted numerous statistics supporting the public health benefits of the bill and was reported as saying that the only people who would question the health risk of passive smoking were those who funded it or were part of the trade[7]. The bill did not become law due to a lack of Parliamentary time, and it was not until the Health Act 2006 that comparable legislation was enacted.

Same-Sex Marriage

Gareth Thomas voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].



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