Barry Gardiner

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Barry Gardiner is the Labour MP for Brent North. He entered Parliament at the 1997 general election.

Environment and Climate Change

Gardiner describes himself on his own website as "a committed environmentalist"[1].

He is the founder of

Climate Change

Gardiner has produced a booklet which outlines his views on climate change. It is available from his website:


In May 2009, Gardiner wrote an opinion piece for the BBC titled "Biodiversity is the spark of life"[2] in which he argued that biodiversity was not getting the attention it deserves on the international agenda.

"Every form of life on this planet stands not on its own but is supported by, and supports, other living things.
"Lose one species and you lose a vital part of some ecosystem.
"That means you lose not just a plant or an insect but a service: you lose the medicine that comes from that plant; you lose the pollination of crops which that insect provides.
"Climate change matters, not because the world mustn't get any hotter, but because the rate of change is too fast for species to keep pace.
"As species die, so biodiversity is depleted and with it the ecosystem services that such biodiversity provides."

Drugs Policy

Following the sacking of Professor David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson in October 2009, Gardiner appeared in a discussion on the BBC's The Daily Politics, and defended the Labour government's actions and drugs policy.[3]

Same-Sex Marriage

Barry Gardiner voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[4] and its third reading in May 2013[5].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Barry Gardiner 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[6]. 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[7]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[8]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.



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