Peter Soulsby

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Peter Soulsby was the Labour MP for Leicester South from 2005 until he stood down in 2011. He is currently Mayor of Leicester.


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

Miracle Cures

In June 2008, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1770, protesting the uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value.[2]

MMR Vaccine

Peter Soulsby 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.[3]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Peter Soulsby 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".[4]

Libel Law Reform

In response to an inquiry from a constituent about his stance on libel law reform, Soulsby wrote:

"I am ... very sympathetic to the points you raise and am at the moment halfway through Ben Goldacre’s book Bad Science.
"I am also well aware of Simon Singh’s situation and will certainly take any opportunity to support the ability to speak out clearly on these issues without the threat of legal action."[5]

However, as of 9th January 2010 he has not signed Early Day Motion 423. This is because as he "had recently been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Europe, by convention I can no longer sign EDMs - even those with which I am in complete agreement" (pers comm).



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