Richard Burden

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Richard Burden is the Labour MP for Birmingham, Northfield.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Richard Burden voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks[1].

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[2] had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this was only one of many factors to be taken into account when legislating, and did not make any recommendations as to how MPs should vote.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Richard Burden 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[3]. 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[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

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. Richard Burden replied:

"Climate change is of enormous concern, and whilst only recently are we beginning to feel and see the effects that it is having on the planet, we can be sure that if we do not act now the consequences will be catastrophic. The Stern Review has given pause for thought even to the most sceptical about climate change. The greatest impact of the results of developing and developed countries' dependence on burning fossil fuels will be felt by the poorest people who have benefited the least from the energy these fuels have produced."[6]

Libel Law Reform

In February 2010, Richard Burden signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[7]. 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

Richard Burden voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].

References

  1. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=203&mpn=Richard_Burden
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Richard_Burden
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  6. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Richard_Burden
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Richard_Burden

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