Lucy Powell

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Lucy Powell is the Labour Party MP for Manchester Central. She entered Parliament at the November 2012 by-election. In the 2010 general election she stood as a candidate in Manchester, Withington.

Ms Powell studied chemistry at Oxford University and King's College, London. She has also worked for NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, running an innovation programme in Manchester.[1]

Skeptical Voter Questions

On 9th November 2012 Ms Powell was sent the Skeptical Voter Survey Questions. This was in the run-up to the Manchester Central by-election on 15th November. On 13th November she responded as follows:

Unfortunately the questions you raise are, as you say, complex and require lengthy answers to do justice to the difficult nature of each and I am not currently able to comment in detail on such a wide range of challenging topics. What I would say however is that I do believe that a scientific approach is a helpful starting point on which to make policy. Using science to inform ethical choices and choices about where best to invest taxpayers money is in my view, likely to lead to better outcomes. I do believe in religious freedoms but don't believe that they necessarily conflict with the rule of law or with the teaching of science. I hope that stating my view has helped and I am sorry not to be able to give each individual question the very detailed replied which I think they deserve.

LGBT Rights

In November 2012, in response to a question on Twitter, Ms Powell tweeted that she supported gay marriage[2].

Ms Powell voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[3] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[4].

In November 2014, following a (subsequently deleted) tweet from the Department of Education saying it was a nonsense to suggest schools must teach gay rights, Ms Powell wrote an article for Pink News stating "The importance of promoting, supporting and observing the rights of minority groups, including LGBT people, are exactly the sort of values that we should be teaching the next generation."[5]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Lucy Powell 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.

References

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2008/feb/07/aboutlucypowell
  2. http://twitter.com/LucyMPowell/status/266864794353676288
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Lucy_Powell
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Lucy_Powell
  5. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/11/05/labour-mp-lucy-powell-nicky-morgan-needs-to-understand-that-teaching-gay-rights-isnt-nonsense/
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Lucy_Powell
  7. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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