Lynne Jones

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Lynne Jones was the Labour MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak until standing down in 2010.

In January 2007 Jones announced that she would be standing down at the next general election.

Lynne Jones is one of twenty members of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.[1] From 1993 to May 2001, Jones was a member of the Commons Science & Technology Select Committee.

Jones was placed at number 7 in political blogger Dizzy's March 2009 list of "EDM Signature Whores", for signing 658 Early Day Motions compared to fewer than 100 for a typical MP in the same period[2].

Biographical background

Born in Birmingham, Lynne Jones studied biochemistry at the University of Birmingham, eventually earning her Ph.D. in 1979. She also has a post-graduate degree in Housing Studies from Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University). She has worked in both science and housing, and was a Councillor on Birmingham City Council representing Kings Norton ward before being elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election.

Healthcare

Miracle Cures

In June 2008, the MP 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. [3]

Protection of the title of Doctor

In June 2009, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1635, a call for the protection of the title of doctor to avoid confusion caused by the use of the term doctor by practitioners of complementary medicine. [4]

MMR Vaccine

Lynne Jones signed the February 2009 Early Day Motion 754: MMR Vaccine and the Media supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.[5]

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Lynne Jones voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks[6].

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[7] had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this was only one of many factors to be taken into account when legislating, and did not make any recommendations as to how MPs should vote.

Animals in Medical Research

In 2006, Lynne Jones seconded Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".[8]

Religion

Council of Ex-Muslims

Lynne Jones seconded the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1770 supporting freedom of religion and welcoming the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain[9].

Creationism

Jones signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[10]

Policymaking On Drugs And Alcohol

Lynne Jones signed Early Day Motion 2244 calling for Government policy on alcohol and drugs misuse and harm to be based on scientific evidence. The motion came shortly after the sacking of Government drug adviser David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009.

Libel Law Reform

In December 2009, Lynne Jones signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[11]. 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.

The motion was tabled following the recent formation of Libel Reform Coalition, which has the backing of Index on Censorship, English PEN and Sense about Science. Sense about Science have been campaigning in defense of a member of its board of trustees, author and journalist Simon Singh, who has been sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association. They issued a statement entitled "The law has no place in scientific disputes".

Climate Change

In December 2009, Lynne Jones seconded Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community"[12].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/memi358.htm
  2. http://dizzythinks.net/2009/03/edm-signature-whores-200809.html
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/1635
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=203&mpn=Lynne_Jones
  7. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1850
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1770
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524

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