Shabana Mahmood

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Shabana Mahmood is the Labour MP for Birmingham, Ladywood. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Clare Short (Labour/Independent), having stepped down.

Ms Mahmood was appointed Shadow Minister for Higher Education in October 2011. In January 2013 she was given additional responsibility for Science. In October 2013 she was replaced in the post by Liam Byrne.[1]

Women in Science

February 2013:

Same-Sex Marriage

Shabana Mahmood voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[2] and its third reading in May 2013[3].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Ms Mahmood voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[4]. 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[5]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[6]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.



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