Jenny Willott

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Jennifer Willott was the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central from 2005 until 2015.

Healthcare

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jenny Willott voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Jenny Willott voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related children who would not inherit the disease[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Miracle Cures

In June 2008, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1770, protesting the uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value. [5]

MMR Vaccine

Jenny Willott 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.[6]

Homeopathy

Jenny Willott was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[7].

In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Willott signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[8].

University Tuition Fees

In December 2010 Ms Willott resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chris Huhne[9] in order to vote against the increase to £9000/year of the upper limit on university tuition fees[10]. In a statement she wrote:

"I believe that many aspects of the proposals are better than the current system, including abolishing up-front fees for part-time students and generous support for young people from less privileged backgrounds. However, overall I cannot support the package."[9]

Same-Sex Marriage

Ms Willott has stated "I am 100% in favour of equal marriage - if a couple wish to show their love andcommitment to each other, I don't believe the State should stand in their way"[11]. She did not vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in 2013 due to being on maternity leave[12].

Charles Darwin

Jenny Willott 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 February 2010, Jenny Willott signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[13]. 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.

Letter on Defamation Bill, April 2013: http://drtomcrick.com/2013/04/08/response-from-jenny-willott-mp-on-the-draft-defamation-bill/

Climate Change

In February 2010, Jenny Willott signed Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community"[14].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Jennifer_Willott
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.theguardian.com/cardiff/2010/dec/09/cardiff-central-mp-jenny-willott-resigns-tuition-fees
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2010-12-09&number=150&mpn=Jennifer_Willott
  11. http://jennywillott.com/en/article/2013/0657408/jenny-willott-mp-welcomes-equal-marriage-bill
  12. http://jennywillott.com/en/article/2013/0657408/jenny-willott-mp-welcomes-equal-marriage-bill
  13. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  14. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524

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