Jim Cunningham

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Jim Cunningham is the Labour MP for Coventry South.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jim Cunningham voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Jim Cunningham 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.


Cunningham was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

In April 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Cunningham signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[6].

However, in May 2011, Cunningham asked a Parliamentary Question about tackling the sale of unauthorised herbal and homeopathic pet remedies.[7][8]


June 2012 Parliamentary Question: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2012-06-25c.113722.h

Possibly related to this: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2012/06/19/nhs-to-stop-funding-treatment-for-chronic-back-pain-in-coventry-92746-31211619/

Science Funding

In September/October 2010, Jim Cunningham signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[9], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[10]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

Libel Law Reform

In March 2010, Jim Cunningham signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[11]. 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

Jim Cunningham voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[12] and its third reading in May 2013[13].


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Jim_Cunningham
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  7. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110516/text/110516w0001.htm#1105169000038
  8. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-05-16a.55286.h
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Jim_Cunningham
  13. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Jim_Cunningham

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