Kerry McCarthy

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Kerry McCarthy is the Labour MP for Bristol East.

Ms McCarthy is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society[1].


Kerry McCarthy was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[2].

On 24th February 2010, McCarthy posted a blog entry in response to the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy". She looked at the issue of allowing or denying a treatment to an individual who is convinced that it will work, and considered both the issue of individual choice, and that of using limited healthcare resources on treatments for which there was no evidence of efficacy. She did not not initially appear to favour either side.[3]

In a subsequent comment to her own blog post McCarthy wrote:

For the record, I'm not personally convinced of the merits of homeopathy, but it's not an issue I've given a great deal of thought to until this report was published. Indeed, I've just discovered that I signed an EDM in 2006 in support of homeopathic hospitals. I suspect many of the other 205 MPs who signed that EDM aren't great supporters of homeopathy either, but took the view that it was harmless enough. The S+T committee's report has moved the debate on, from the simple issue of whether homeopathy has any medical benefit to whether it's something that should be publicly funded.
I'm inclined to think not, but given the number of people who use the homeopathy hospital in Bristol, I think it's only fair to ask their opinion. Surely they have as much right as the skeptics to try to convince me of their case?[4]


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Kerry McCarthy voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[5].

Mitochondrial Donation

A blog post from September 2014:

In February 2015 Kerry McCarthy 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[6]. 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[7]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[8]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Dairy products

In 2009 Ms McCarthy (who is vegan) tweeted indicating that she does not believe cows' milk is good for humans[9].

Politicians and Scientific Advice

Two blog posts from September 2014:

Same-Sex Marriage

Kerry McCarthy voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[10] and its third reading in May 2013[11].

Climate Change

Kerry McCarthy is an Officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group whose purpose is "To raise awareness of the threat of climate change and to promote policies to counter that threat"[12].



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