Anne McGuire

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Anne McGuire was the Labour MP for Stirling from 1997 until she stood down at the 2015 general election.

Health and Medicine

Dispensing Errors

McGuire was one of 234 MPs to sign the June 2009 Early Day Motion 1561: Decriminalisation of Single Dispensing Errors[1]. The motion noted that "pharmacists who make an error while dispensing medicines are regularly tried for a criminal offence; is concerned that this discourages healthcare professionals who fear being criminalised from reporting dispensing errors; is further concerned that this limits opportunities to record mistakes and to learn from these errors", it concluded by calling on the Government to "ensure that amended legislation offers a more proportionate response with the flexibility to recognise a genuine single dispensing error".


In June 2010, Anne McGuire signed Early Day Motion 342: British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy[2] which expressed regret at a number of motions passed at the recent BMA annual representative meeting that "oppose further commissioning and funding of homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "notes that 140 books have been published on homeopathy and that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that homeopathy is effective".

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

In the 2008 debate and votes on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act) and its amendments, McGuire was present on 19th May and voted against allowing licences for the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos[3][4], and for continuing to allow testing for tissue compatibility with siblings with serious medical conditions, to allow "saviour siblings" to be selected[5][6].

McGuire was absent on 20th May and thus did not vote on amendments related to changing the abortion time limits. A Catholic constituent wrote to McGuire, asking her as a Catholic why she was not present, and which way she would have voted[7]. McGuire was quoted as saying the following in response to how she would have voted:

"I appreciate your views which are obviously strongly held and I will take them into account when I come to vote on the remaining stages of the Bill when it comes back to the House of Commons provisionally scheduled for week next Wednesday. However, I would hope that you will also appreciate that I have to take into account a wide range of representations I have received on this matter as well as listening to my own conscience on the matter."[8]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Anne McGuire voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[9]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the HFEA, which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[10]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[11]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Same-Sex Marriage

Anne McGuire voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[12] and its third reading in May 2013[13].

Climate Change

Anne McGuire was a listed member of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group whose purpose is "To raise awareness of the threat of climate change and to promote policies to counter that threat".[14]



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