Ian Mearns

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Ian Mearns is the Labour MP for Gateshead. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election when the constituency was created.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Ian Mearns 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".[1]

Same-Sex Marriage

Ian Mearns voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its third reading in May 2013[2].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Ian Mearns 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.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Ian_Mearns
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Ian_Mearns
  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

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