Mike Gapes

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Mike Gapes is the Labour and Co-operative Party MP for Ilford South.

Homeopathy

Mike Gapes was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[1].

Ayurvedic Medicine

In November 2016, Mr Gapes signed Early Day Motion 507: Celebration of First Ayurveda Day on 27 October 2016[2], which states a belief that "Ayurveda's integration into the NHS would ensure freedom of choice in healthcare for the populace; and calls on the Government to introduce an Ayurveda Chair." (Information about Ayurvedic medicine here.)

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Mike Gapes voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[3].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Mike Gapes 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[4]. 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[5]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[6]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Article for CaSE

In the run-up to the 2015 general election, the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) invited candidates to contribute posts saying why science and engineering was important to them and the UK. Mike Gapes's response can be read at: http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/?p=17384

Science Funding

In October 2010, Mike Gapes 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".[7]

Same-Sex Marriage

Mike Gapes voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Mike Gapes signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[10]. 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.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/507
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Mike_Gapes
  5. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Mike_Gapes
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Mike_Gapes
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423

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