Lorely Burt

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Lorely Burt was the Liberal Democrat MP for Solihull from 2005 until 2015. She was made a peer in the 2015 dissolution honours.


Burt signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[1]

Pregnancy and Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Lorely Burt voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[2]. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

Ms Burt was one of three MPs on the panel for the February 2013 report The Morning After: A Cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy http://www.2020health.org/dms/2020health/downloads/reports/2020UNPREGnew_FINAL.pdf

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Lorely Burt voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related 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.

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. Lorely Burt replied:

"The Liberal Democrats agree that Climate Change is, as the Government's Chief Scientist Sir David King, has said, the greatest threat to mankind. That is why I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues support a Climate Change Bill which would set binding, independently monitored, annual targets for reducing emissions."[6]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Lorely Burt 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".[7]

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Lorely Burt signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[8]. 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

Lorely Burt voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[9] and its third reading in May 2013[10].


  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Lorely_Burt
  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
  6. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Lorely_Burt
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Lorely_Burt

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