In December 2009, in the wake of the expenses scandal, Ms Kirkbride confirmed that she would be standing down at the next general election.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007 had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this was only one of many factors to be taken into account when legislating, and did not make any recommendations as to how MPs should vote.
In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Ms Kirkbride signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report.
In Parliament, June 2002: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cmhansrd/vo020627/debtext/20627-07.htm#20627-07_spnew9
Libel Law Reform
In March 2010, Julie Kirkbride signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law. 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.
On 30th March 2010, in a House of Commons committee debate, Julie Kirkbride voted against The Conditional Fee Agreements (Amendment) Order 2010. The order would have limited success fees paid to lawyers in libel cases to 10% and was an initial stage in libel reform proposed by Jack Straw. The rejection by the committee will mean that the measure will now go to a full Parliamentary vote.