Meg Hillier

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Meg Hillier is the Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch. She entered Parliament at the 2005 general election, having previously been a member of the London Assembly.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Meg Hillier voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[1]. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Meg Hillier voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

ID Cards

In November 2009 Hillier said[5] ID cards would be useful to young people as a proof of age in bars and nightclubs that would be cheaper to replace than a passport if lost. She also said the card would make it simpler to pick up parcels at the Post Office.

Pharmaceutical Trial Data/Tamiflu

Ms Hillier was a member of the Public Accounts Committee for their report "Access to clinical trial information and the stockpiling of Tamiflu", issued January 2014. The report minutes show that she attended the meeting approving the report, but not the oral evidence session.[6]

Same-Sex Marriage

Meg Hillier voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[7] and its third reading in May 2013[8].


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