George Freeman

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George Freeman is the Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Keith Simpson (Conservative), having changed constituencies following boundary changes.

Freeman has been involved in the formation of a number of biotech start-ups including Ark Therapeutics, Vectura, Microscience, Biovex, and Amedis Pharmaceuticals, as well as a number of Academic Health Science Centres. In 2005 he founded 4D Biomedical, a specialist venture consulting business.[1]

GM Foods

In July 2011 Mr Freeman called a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of genetically modified foods: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110719/halltext/110719h0002.htm#11071995000003

Medical Innovation ("Saatchi") Bill

In October 2014, as the Medical Innovation ("Saatchi") Bill was being debated in the House of Lords, Mr Freeman tweeted:

Grt to see #Saatchi Bill debate in Lords today raising really imp issues re getting patients access to new drugs.[2]
The House of Lords correctly identifying that the big challenge in the #NHS is the ADOPTION of best practice within the NHS.[3]
The #Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill close to completing its passage on the Floor of the House of Lords #LifeSciences [4]
Important progress for #SaatchiBill in House of Lords. Highlights why early access to medicine key in driving NHS innovation #lifesciences[5]
Getting faster access to latest treatments one of my central missions as first Life Science Minister. Highlighted by #SaatchiBill in Lords[6]
Pace of progress on #Ebola vaccines shows what can be achieved w accelerated drug trials. #lifesciences[7]

A number of replies from members the skeptical community pointed out that many doubted whether the Bill would achieve what he claimed it would achieve.

On 9th December 2014 Mr Freeman spoke in an adjournment debate on the Medical Innovation Bill called by Sarah Wollaston. The whole debate can be read at Hansard or TheyWorkForYou.com.

Homeopathy

June 2012: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2012-06-26b.113235.h - unclear if this represents support or opposition!

Same-Sex Marriage

George Freeman voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 George Freeman 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[10]. 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[11]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[12]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://www.4d-biomedical.com/about/directors
  2. https://twitter.com/Freeman_George/status/525621866996957185
  3. https://twitter.com/Freeman_George/status/525628354821885952
  4. https://twitter.com/Freeman_George/status/525628374807367680
  5. https://twitter.com/Freeman_George/status/525628773124046848
  6. https://twitter.com/Freeman_George/status/525629143887912960
  7. https://twitter.com/Freeman_George/status/525683879882272768
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=George_Freeman
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=George_Freeman
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=George_Freeman
  11. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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