Mike Wood (Labour)

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Mike Wood was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen from 1997 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), Mike Wood (Labour) voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Same-Sex Marriage

Mr Wood voted first against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its Second Reading in February 2013[2], and then for the bill at its Third Reading in May 2013[3].

Policymaking On Drugs And Alcohol

Mike Wood (Labour) proposed Early Day Motion 2244 calling for Government policy on alcohol and drugs misuse and harm to be based on scientific evidence. The motion came shortly after the sacking of Government drug adviser David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009.

Climate Change

In February 2010, Mike Wood (Labour) signed Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community"[4].

Libel Law Reform

In March 2010, Mike Wood (Labour) signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[5]. 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.


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Mike_Wood
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Mike_Wood
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423

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