Liam Byrne

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Liam Byrne is the Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill, entering Parliament at the 2004 by-election.

Science Policy

In June 2014, in his role as Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, Mr Byrne launched a Labour Party green paper on science titled "Agenda 2030: One Nation Labour’s Plan for Science" saying "Britain needs a long-term vision for science and this paper intends to start a discussion about what that vision should look like": http://liambyrne.co.uk/one-nation-labours-plan-for-science-24-june-2014/

Mr Byrne was a panellist in a March 2015 debate on Science and the General Election: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmo3Qe0ndcI

Mr Byrne was interviewed by British Science Association in April 2015 in his role as Labour Party spokesperson for science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbz3Szow_mI

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Liam Byrne replied:

"Both governments and individuals have a responsibility to the world and to future generations. The Stern report also highlighted the economic damage that climate change is doing and will do. It is a hugely important issue for the fact that it impacts upon the whole global community and needs international action now."[1]

Mobile Phone Masts

In the 2004 by-election and 2005 general election, Byrne attacked his Liberal Democrat opponent, Nicola Davies, for her job in the telecoms industry. Byrne nicknamed her "Nokia Davies" apparently trying to win support from voters campaigning against local mobile phone masts.[2]

Same-Sex Marriage

Liam Byrne voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[3] and its third reading in May 2013[4].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Liam Byrne 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.

References

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7074739.stm
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Liam_Byrne
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Liam_Byrne
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Liam_Byrne
  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

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