Nia Griffith

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Nia Griffith is the Labour MP for Llanelli. She entered Parliament in 2005, prior to which she was Head of Languages at a comprehensive school.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Nia Griffith voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Nia Griffith 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.

Low Dose Naltrexone

In December 2011 Ms Griffith secured a Parliamentary debate on Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and its availability on the NHS[5]. A May 2010 post on the Science-Based Medicine website by Steven Novella gives background information on Naltrexone and LDN. Dr Novella noted that, outside its approved used in treating addiction, "reasonable, but still a bit preliminary, basic science" on Naltrexone indicated "potential for translational research – nothing more", but the list of conditions with different etiologies that the LDN community suggested might benefit from LDN (including various cancers, HIV/AIDS, autism and MS) was "a huge red flag"[6].

During her speech, Ms Griffith referred to anecdotal evidence from a constituent, said that there were "no sensible arguments to deny it to patients", and suggested that funding for trials of LDN was not easy to obtain due to the "lack of profit" to be made from an out-of-patent drug[5].

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Nia Griffith replied:

"I am delighted that there is now a much wider consciousness of climate change and was pleased to sign up last year to the pledge to cut my contribution to global emissions by 2: 5% over five years. So this is what I'm doing."[7]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Nia Griffith signed Early Day Motion 707: Government Funding for UK Science. The motion stated that the house "supports the view of the President of the Royal Society that short-term austerity risks undermining the UK's future science base", noted that other countries were investing in science to promote economic growth, and "believes that investment in basic scientific research throughout the UK is vital if the commercial benefits of developing new technology are to be broadly spread".[8]

Separation of Church and State

Ms Griffith is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society[9].

Ms Griffith spoke at the September 2012 National Secular Society conference on the topic of separation of church and state. She mentioned the issues of prayers in Parliament, government-funded state schools, and bishops in the House of Lords. She then considered why a more secular state hadn't been a larger issue in mainstream politics.[10]

Same-Sex Marriage

Nia Griffith voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[11] and its third reading in May 2013[12].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Nia_Griffith
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hansard: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm111208/debtext/111208-0003.htm#column_490
    TheyWorkForYou: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2011-12-08a.490.0
  6. https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/low-dose-naltrexone-bogus-or-cutting-edge-science/
  7. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--g-to-h-424378.html
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  9. http://www.secularism.org.uk/honoraryassociates.html
  10. http://poddelusion.co.uk/blog/2012/09/23/national-secular-society-2012-conference-podcasts/
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Nia_Griffith
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Nia_Griffith

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