Roger Godsiff

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Roger Godsiff is the Labour MP for Birmingham, Hall Green. Prior to boundary changes at the 2010 general election he was MP for Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath.

MMR Vaccine

Roger Godsiff 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.[1]


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Roger Godsiff voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks[2].

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[3] 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

Mr Godsiff was one of only fourteen Labour MPs to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its Third Reading in May 2013[4]. He had not attended the Second Reading in February.

Freedom of Information

In February 2016, Mr Godsiff tweeted "I believe that FoI law should be extended to all publicly funded bodies, including private companies taking on NHS contracts & royal family."[5]

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Roger Godsiff signed the amended Early Day Motion 423A1 calling for a reform of the English libel law[6]. 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. The amended version added a statement of the belief that "libel laws discriminate against average and low paid people when victims of defamatory comment in the pages of national publications".

Science Funding

In October 2010, Roger Godsiff 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".[7]



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