Susan Kramer

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Susan Kramer was the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park from 2005 until 2010, when she lost the seat to Zac Goldsmith (Conservative). She entered the House of Lords as Baroness Kramer in December 2010. She stood for election as Mayor of London in 2000.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Susan Kramer voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks[1].

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[2] 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.

MMR Vaccine

Susan Kramer 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.[3]

Homeopathy

Susan Kramer was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[4].

In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Ms Kramer signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[5].

Charles Darwin

Susan Kramer 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."

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Susan Kramer signed Early Day Motion 423 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.

References

  1. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=203&mpn=Susan_Kramer
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423

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