Naomi Long

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Naomi Long is the leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (since October 2016). She was a Northern Ireland Assembly member for East Belfast (2003–2010), and MP for Belfast East (2010–2015).


In September 2011 Naomi Long voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[1]. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Naomi Long 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Naomi Long signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[5], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[6]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review, although Long signed them after the conclusions of the spending review had been announced.

Same-Sex Marriage

Naomi Long voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[7] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[8].



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