Paul Rowen

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Paul Rowen was the Liberal Democrat MP for Rochdale from 2005 until the 2010 general election, when he lost the seat to Simon Danczuk (Labour).

Rowen studied Chemistry and Geology at the University of Nottingham, before becoming a science teacher[1].

Creationism

Rowen signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[2]

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Paul Rowen voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[3]. 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.

MMR Vaccine

Paul Rowen signed the February 2009 Early Day Motion 754: MMR Vaccine and the Media supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.[4]

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Paul Rowen 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.

Climate Change

In January 2010, Paul Rowen 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"[6].

References

  1. http://www.paulrowen.co.uk/paul-rowen
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524

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