Ronnie Campbell

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Ronnie Campbell is the Labour MP for Blyth Valley. He entered Parliament in 1987.

Healthcare

Homeopathy

Mr Campbell was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[1].

However, in July 2010, Mr Campbell signed four amended Early Day Motions critical of homeopathy: EDM 284A1: BMA Annual Representative Meeting Motions on Homeopathy[2], EDM 285A1: Effect of Homeopathic Remedies on Breast Cancer Cells[3], EDM 286A1: Homeopathic Medicines in the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Depression[4], and EDM 287A1: Homeopathy and Chronic Primary Insomnia[5]. These amended motions were all against the use of homeopathy, and highlighted flaws in studies that had been welcomed by the original pro-homeopathy motions.

In May 2011, Ronnie Campbell signed Early Day Motion 1820 which welcomed a campaign to "place homeopathy research on the national agenda as a credible scientific field of inquiry" and called for the Government to facilitate research into homeopathy[6].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Ronnie Campbell voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[7]. 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

Ronnie Campbell 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.[8]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Ronnie Campbell voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related children who would not inherit the disease[9]. 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[10]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[11]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Animals in Medical Research

In 2006, Ronnie Campbell signed Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".[12]

Sex Education

In May 2011 Mr Campbell voted in favour of Nadine Dorries' Sex Education (Required Content) "10 minute" Bill[13]. The Bill stated that "such education must include information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity"[14]. It was criticised for only applying to sex education for girls, not boys, with critics also pointing to evidence that abstinence-only sex education (which does not necessarily lead to abstinence itself) does not protect young people from unwanted pregnancies or STIs[15] (although this was not a bill advocating abstinence-only sex education, it would have meant that the only required elements of sex education would be basic information on reproduction[16], plus this new content on abstinence, with further content being up to the individual school)[17]. The Bill passed its first reading by 67 votes to 61, but had little chance of becoming law and was withdrawn in January 2012 shortly before its second reading[18].

Same-Sex Marriage

Mr Campbell voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its Second Reading in February 2013[19]. He did not vote at the Third Reading in May 2013[20].

Religion

Creationism

Mr Campbell signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[21]

Faith based Adoption Agencies

In 2007, Ronnie Campbell signed Early Day Motion 742 calling on the government to exclude "faith based" adoption agencies from the Equality Act to avoid such agencies being forced to consider gay couples.[22]

Policymaking On Drugs And Alcohol

Ronnie Campbell signed Early Day Motion 2244 calling for Government policy on alcohol and drugs misuse and harm to be based on scientific evidence. The motion came shortly after the sacking of Government drug adviser David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009.

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Ronnie Campbell signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[23]. 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, Ronnie Campbell 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"[24].

Science Funding

In October 2010, Ronnie Campbell 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".[25]

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/284#284A1
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/285#285A1
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/286#286A1
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/287#287A1
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/1820
  7. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Ronnie_Campbell
  10. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1850
  13. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110504/debtext/110504-0001.htm#stpa_o51
  14. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-12/sexeducationrequiredcontent.html
  15. http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=2325
  16. http://www.drpetra.co.uk/blog/what-do-we-want-from-sex-and-relationships-education/
  17. http://educationforchoice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/abstain-from-abstinence-please-dorries.html
  18. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/20/nadine-dorries-sexual-abstinence-bill-withdrawn
  19. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Ronnie_Campbell
  20. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Ronnie_Campbell
  21. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  22. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/742
  23. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  24. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  25. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767

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