Malcolm Bruce

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Malcolm Bruce was the Liberal Party and then Liberal Democrat Party MP for Gordon from 1983 until he stood down at the 2015 general election.


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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Malcolm Bruce 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.


Mr Bruce was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

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. Malcolm Bruce replied:

1: As the Vice-Chair of Globe UK and Vice-President of Globe International, I am very aware of the huge impact Climate Change is already having on the planet. I'm proud that Globe is working hard to promote international dialogue through their G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue.
2: Britain can make a difference in tackling Climate Change, firstly by meeting the targets that it has set itself on emissions, thereby setting a good example to other nations and so encouraging them to do likewise. The Government should also do all it can to promote renewables both within Britain and beyond and it can continue to invest in new technologies.
3: Climate Change awareness is vital at a local level too. In my constituency I have joined with the Liberal Democrat leadership in Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and in the Scottish Executive to promote sustainable technologies and I have supported new projects in the constituency from wind farms to biofuel projects."[6]

Libel Law Reform

In December 2009, Malcolm Bruce signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[7]. 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".

Charles Darwin

Malcolm Bruce was one of 79 MPs who signed Early Day Motion 377 noting the achievements of Charles Darwin, and calling for Darwin's birthday to be designated a public holiday to honour "one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds."

Science Funding

In November 2010, Malcolm Bruce 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".[8]

EDM 767 was proposed before the results of the October 2010 comprehensive spending review, which was expected to contain significant cuts to science funding. However, by the time Mr Bruce signed the motion, the Conservative/LibDem coalition government had already announced the spending review's conclusions and cuts to science were significantly less than anticipated, with the government apparently echoing some of the language of the Science is Vital Campaign.

Same-Sex Marriage

Malcolm Bruce voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[9] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[10].



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