Graham Brady

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Graham Brady is the Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West. He entered Parliament at the 1997 general election.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Graham Brady voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[1]. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

In September 2011 Graham Brady voted for Nadine Dorries's amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[2]. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed "independent" counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Graham Brady 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[3]. 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[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Homeopathy

Brady was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[6].

In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Brady signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[7].

Religion

Following the adverts bought by the Atheist Bus Campaign on public transport in January 2009, Graham Brady signed Early Day Motion 424 claiming that the rationale behind the adverts was that non-religious people can be less careful about their lifestyle choices and life's consequences[8].

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Graham Brady replied:

"I take this issue very seriously and my personal commitments include recycling, walking to work every day and taking the stairs instead of using the lift. In my constituency, I have been a strong supporter of a campaign to source foods locally, supporting an initiative to use produce from within a radius of a few miles. If this model were adopted elsewhere it would have a significant environmental benefit."[9]

Animals in Medical Research

In 2006, Graham Brady signed Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".[10]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Graham Brady 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"[11]. EDM 767 was proposed before the results of the October 2010 comprehensive spending review, which was expected to contain significant cuts to science funding. However, by the time Brady signed the motion, the Conservative/LibDem coalition government had already announced the spending review's conclusions and cuts to science were significantly less than anticipated, with the government apparently echoing some of the language of the Science is Vital Campaign.

Libel Law Reform

In December 2009, Graham Brady signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[12]. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.

The motion was tabled following the recent formation of Libel Reform Coalition, which has the backing of Index on Censorship, English PEN and Sense about Science. Sense about Science have been campaigning in defense of a member of its board of trustees, author and journalist Simon Singh, who has been sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association. They issued a statement entitled "The law has no place in scientific disputes".

Same-Sex Marriage

Graham Brady voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[13] and its third reading in May 2013[14].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Graham_Brady
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/424
  9. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1850
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  13. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Graham_Brady
  14. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Graham_Brady

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