Mark Lazarowicz

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Mark Lazarowicz was the Labour MP for Edinburgh North and Leith from 2001 until he lost the seat at the 2015 general election.



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


Mark Lazarowicz was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[2].

MMR Vaccine

Mark Lazarowicz 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.[3]

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. [4]


Lazarowicz signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[5]

Climate Change

In the 2005/2006 Parliamentary session, Mark Lazarowicz introduced and promoted the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill[6], which eventually passed as the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006[7][8].

Science Funding

In September 2010, Lazarowicz proposed Early Day Motion 707: Government Funding for UK Science, which stated:

"That this House expresses its concern over the recent comments by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills apparently signalling retrenchment in Government funding for UK science; supports the view of the President of the Royal Society that short-term austerity risks undermining the UK's future science base; notes that the United States, China, Germany and France are all significantly increasing their science budgets in the coming years as a central part of their strategy for long-term economic growth; and believes that investment in basic scientific research throughout the UK is vital if the commercial benefits of developing new technology are to be broadly spread, rather than restricting funding to a reduced number of institutions as the Government appears to propose."[9][10]

In October 2010, he 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".[11]

Libel Law Reform

In February 2010, Mark Lazarowicz signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[12]. 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

Mark Lazarowicz voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[13] and its third reading in May 2013[14].



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