Grahame Morris

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Grahame Morris is the Labour MP for Easington. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, John Cummings (Labour), having stepped down.

Nomination of David Tredinnick for Health Committee Chair

In 2014 Mr Morris was one of 20 MPs to nominate David Tredinnick (an outspoken advocate of alternative medicine) for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee[1][2]. It is not known if Mr Morris subsequently voted for Mr Tredinnick, who only received nine votes in the anonymous ballot.

In June 2015 Mr Morris was one of 19 MPs to nominate David Tredinnick for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee[3].

Medical Innovation ("Saatchi") Bill

In February 2015 Mr Morris was one of five MPs from Parliamentary groups related to medicine to sign a letter to the Telegraph on the subject of the Medical Innovation Bill that stated:

"We support the purpose of the Bill – to encourage responsible innovation in medical treatment – but the Bill itself is misconceived in fact and law.
"Parliamentary scrutiny demands evidence. There is no evidence that doctors are deterred from innovating by threat of litigation: nor is there case law where innovating doctors have been sued in negligence."[4]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Grahame Morris 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[5]. 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[6]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[7]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Same-Sex Marriage

Grahame Morris 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].

Science Funding

In October/December 2010, Grahame Morris signed Early Day Motions 767: Science is Vital Campaign[10], and 707: Government Funding for UK Science[11]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's October spending review, although Morris signed EDM 707 after the conclusions of the spending review had been announced.

References

  1. https://twitter.com/julianhuppert/status/481110771217469440 & https://twitter.com/julianhuppert/status/481111043796914176 & https://twitter.com/julianhuppert/status/481352356777697281
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmagenda/ob140618.htm
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/chair-nominations1/
  4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/11432494/Letters-Having-a-second-source-of-income-allows-MPs-to-take-risks-in-Parliament.html
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Grahame_Morris
  6. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Grahame_Morris
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Grahame_Morris
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707

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