Robert Flello

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Robert Flello is the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South. He was first elected to Parliament at the 2005 general election.

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. Robert Flello replied:

"Climate change and global terrorism are probably the two greatest challenges facing us at this time. As the Stern Report and the Rough Guide make clear, climate change will affect every aspect of our lives whether it is through the impact on cities through flooding, or adverse agricultural impact, or the spread of pests and disease, to name but three. While the earth will, I'm sure, adapt to increased CO2 levels and increased temperatures the question is at what cost to humanity and some of the most vulnerable people at that.
The climate change problem doesn't have a quick fix. The UK can play a significant part through promoting R&D into low-carbon technologies and carbon sequestration; encouraging businesses to be world-leaders in this field. Individuals, organisations and governments can play an active role in reducing emissions, pollutants, and being more energy efficient. For example, UK Government can lead the way by requiring all new vehicles from, say, 2016 to meet almost zero carbon emission standards."[1]


In September 2011 Robert Flello voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[2]. 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 Robert Flello voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[3]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the 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]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Same-Sex Marriage

In January 2013, Pink News reported that they had received an e-mail from Mr Flello stating:

"My record of support for gay rights and equality for all speaks for itself. I do not believe this is an issue of equality. As a supporter of civil partnerships I was delighted that same-sex couples could have their long-term commitments formally recognised and be accorded the same legal rights as married couples.
"My faith is very important to me but this is not a question of faith. The question is whether the State should re-write the fundamental nature of marriage. Given the existing legal equality I don’t believe the State should."[6]

Mr Flello voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February 2013[7], and was one of only fourteen Labour MPs to vote against it in May 2013[8].

Science Funding

In October 2010, Robert Flello 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".[9]

Libel Law Reform

In March 2010, Robert Flello signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[10]. 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.

In April 2013, during a Commons debate on the very final stages of the Defamation Bill, Mr Flello said:

"…the Bill is now in a much better place. It is still far from perfect, sadly, which is a huge shame. It could have been perfect and a marvel to behold, but sadly the to-do list in the Bill includes early strike-out, website operator regulations and clarification for booksellers of the innocent dissemination rules, about which they were concerned. It also includes costs, which are a strange case, because we are really no further forward on them."[11]



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