Adrian Sanders

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Adrian Sanders was the Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay from 1997 until he lost the seat at the 2015 general election.

Healthcare

Homeopathy

Adrian Sanders 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 November 2010, Mr Sanders 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Adrian Sanders 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[6]. 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[7]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[8]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Flu Vaccine

In November 2009, Adrian Sanders seconded Early Day Motion 2221: Uptake rates for seasonal influenza vaccinations which called for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to review the case for reducing the age for influenza vaccination to 50 years and above in order to increase the overall uptake rates and to meet the World Health Organisation target for population coverage.[9]

MMR Vaccine

Adrian Sanders 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.[10]

University Tuition Fees

In December 2010 Adrian Sanders voted against increasing the upper limit on university tuition fees from £3290 per year to £9000 per year[11]. The proposed increase was a response to the Browne Report, published in October of that year, which had proposed a complete removal of any upper limit on fees, together with other measures (largely adopted by the coalition government) to ease the burden of repayment.

Animals in Medical Research

In 2006, Adrian Sanders 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]

Charles Darwin

Adrian Sanders was one of 79 MPs who signed Early Day Motion 377 noting the achievements of Charles Darwin, and calling for Darwin's birthday to be designated a public holiday to honour "one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds."

Science Funding

In October 2010, Adrian Sanders 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".[13]

Creationism

Mr Sanders signed the October 2006 Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'[14].

Same-Sex Marriage

Adrian Sanders voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[15] and its third reading in May 2013[16].

Libel Law Reform

In December 2009, Adrian Sanders signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[17]. 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 motion was tabled following the recent formation of Libel Reform Coalition, which has the backing of Index on Censorship, English PEN and Sense about Science. Sense about Science have been campaigning in defense of a member of its board of trustees, author and journalist Simon Singh, who has been sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association. They issued a statement entitled "The law has no place in scientific disputes".

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.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Adrian_Sanders
  7. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/2221
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2010-12-09&number=150&mpn=Adrian_Sanders
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1850
  13. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  14. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  15. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Adrian_Sanders
  16. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Adrian_Sanders
  17. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423

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