Sheila Gilmore

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Sheila Gilmore was the Labour MP for Edinburgh East from 2010 until she lost the seat at the 2015 general election.

Homeopathy

In December 2010, Ms Gilmore signed four amended Early Day Motions critical of homeopathy: EDM 284A1: BMA Annual Representative Meeting Motions on Homeopathy[1], EDM 285A1: Effect of Homeopathic Remedies on Breast Cancer Cells[2], EDM 286A1: Homeopathic Medicines in the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Depression[3], and EDM 287A1: Homeopathy and Chronic Primary Insomnia[4]. These amended motions were all against the use of homeopathy, and highlighted flaws in studies that had been welcomed by the original pro-homeopathy motions.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Sheila Gilmore signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[5], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[6]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

Same-Sex Marriage

Sheila Gilmore voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[7] and its third reading in May 2013[8].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Sheila Gilmore 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[9]. 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[10]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[11]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/284#284A1
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/285#285A1
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/286#286A1
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/287#287A1
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Sheila_Gilmore
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Sheila_Gilmore
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Sheila_Gilmore
  10. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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