Heidi Alexander

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Heidi Alexander is the Labour MP for Lewisham East. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Bridget Prentice (Labour) having stepped down.

Climate Change

On her campaign website, under the title "My Politics", Heidi Alexander lists a number of "I believe..." bullet points, including:

"I believe that we have an urgent responsibility to tackle climate change."[1]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Heidi Alexander 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". It made specific references to the work of the Science is Vital coalition and the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[2]

Choice at the End of Life

Ms Alexander is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life[3][4]. "The APPG on Choice at the End of Life is interested in both our current rights at the end of life and also in extending those rights in certain situations and within safeguards. We believe that all people approaching the end of life should have access to good quality palliative care, and have access to clear information on their rights and choices around access to care and treatment decisions. We also believe that terminally ill mentally competent adults should have the option of an assisted death subject to strict safeguards."[5]

Same-Sex Marriage

Heidi Alexander 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 Heidi Alexander 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.


  1. http://www.heidialexander.org.uk/?page_id=183
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  3. http://www.appg-endoflifechoice.org.uk/who_we_are
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/choice-at-the-end-of-life.htm
  5. http://www.appg-endoflifechoice.org.uk/our_aim
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Heidi_Alexander
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Heidi_Alexander
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Heidi_Alexander
  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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