Tony Lloyd was the Labour MP for Stretford (1983-1997) and Manchester Central (1997-2012), and Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner from 1992 until the duties were passed to the Mayor of Greater Manchester. He is standing in the 2017 general election in Rochdale.
In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Tony Lloyd voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
Tony Lloyd 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.
Tony Lloyd 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."
In October 2010, Tony Lloyd 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".
Libel Law Reform
In January 2010, Tony Lloyd signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law. 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.
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