Stephen Twigg

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Stephen Twigg is the Labour MP for Liverpool, West Derby winning the seat at the 2010 general election, the previous Labour MP, Robert Wareing having been deselected. Twigg had previously been MP for Enfield, Southgate from 1997 until 2005 having famously taken the seat from Michael Portillo.

Homeopathy

In July 2010, Stephen Twigg replied to a constituent who had written to him opposing the use of homeopathy on the NHS, simply saying "I agree with you! Thanks for getting in touch."[1] However, Twigg did not sign any of the many Early Day Motions that were open at the time both supporting and opposing NHS homeopathy.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Stephen Twigg signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[2], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[3]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

Education Policy

In February 2012 Stephen Twigg, in his role as Labour education spokesman, called for the creation of an "Office for Educational Improvement" which would look at objective evidence to formulate education strategies. With the announcement he was quoted as saying "Evidence is something that is shockingly undervalued when it comes to education reform" and "Too often education reform has been based on the fashions of the day rather than on solid data".[4][5]

Same-Sex Marriage

Stephen Twigg voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[6] and its third reading in May 2013[7].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Stephen Twigg 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[8]. 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[9]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[10]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/2010/06/call-to-action-homeopathy-early-day-motions/#comment-3970
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17112909
  5. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5in1sF0Y7eQwtQkmEqR-WSFSqkkSQ?docId=N0650081329795909723A
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Stephen_Twigg
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Stephen_Twigg
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Stephen_Twigg
  9. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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