Lyn Brown

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Lyn Brown is the Labour MP for West Ham. She entered Parliament at the 2005 general election.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Lyn Brown voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Lyn Brown 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Miracle Cures

In June 2008, the Ms Brown signed Early Day Motion 1770, protesting the uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value. [5]

Homeopathy

Lyn Brown was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[6].

Prayers at Local Authority Meetings

On 16th December 2014, Ms Brown spoke in Parliament in favour of the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill 2014-15, which would allow prayers, religious observances or philosophical observations to take place as part of the business of local authorities in England and Wales.[7]

Same-Sex Marriage

Lyn Brown voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Lyn_Brown
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  7. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141216/debtext/141216-0004.htm#14121647000003
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Lyn_Brown
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Lyn_Brown

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