Kelvin Hopkins

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Kelvin Hopkins is the Labour MP for Luton North.

Hopkins was a speaker alongside Professor AC Grayling and Polly Toynbee at the Labour Humanist Group 'No Prayer Breakfast', which took place during the Labour Party conference of 2009.[1] He is also Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group[2], is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association[3], and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society[4].

Biographical Background

Kelvin Hopkins was born in Leicester, the son of renowned physicist Harold Hopkins FRS, and attended the University of Nottingham where he was awarded a BA degree in Politics, Economics and Mathematics with Statistics.

With the exception of two years as a lecturer at the St Albans FE College from 1971 he has worked entirely within the trade union movement. Hopkins was a councillor on Luton Borough Council for four years from 1972. He unsuccessfully contested Luton North at the 1983 General Election finishing in second place some 11,981 votes behind the sitting Conservative MP John Carlisle. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 General Election for Luton North with a majority of 9,626 and has remained the MP there since.

Healthcare

Homeopathy

Kelvin Hopkins was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

In June 2010, Hopkins signed Early Day Motion 342: British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy[6] which expressed regret at a number of motions passed at the recent BMA annual representative meeting that "oppose further commissioning and funding of homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "notes that 140 books have been published on homeopathy and that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that homeopathy is effective".

Herbal Medicines

Kelvin Hopkins has signed a number of Early Day Motions that support the use of herbal medicines. These include EDM 1549: Herbal Clinic at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (2008)[7], EDM 2080: Herbal Remedies (2008)[8], and EDM 295: Statutory Registration of Herbalists (2009)[9].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Kelvin Hopkins voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[10].

Protection of the title of Doctor

In June 2009, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1635, a call for the protection of the title of doctor to avoid confusion caused by the use of the term doctor by practitioners of complementary medicine. [11]

MMR Vaccine

Kelvin Hopkins 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.[12]

Science Education

Creationism

Hopkins signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[13]

Charles Darwin

Kelvin Hopkins seconded 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."

Science Funding

In October 2010, Kelvin Hopkins 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".[14]

Policymaking On Drugs And Alcohol

Kelvin Hopkins signed Early Day Motion 2244 calling for Government policy on alcohol and drugs misuse and harm to be based on scientific evidence. The motion came shortly after the sacking of Government drug adviser David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009.

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Kelvin Hopkins signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[15]. 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.

Climate Change

In January 2010, Kelvin Hopkins 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"[16].

Mr Hopkins was a listed member of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group whose purpose is "To raise awareness of the threat of climate change and to promote policies to counter that threat".[17]

Same-Sex Marriage

Kelvin Hopkins voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[18] and its third reading in May 2013[19].

References

  1. http://www.labourhumanists.org.uk/
  2. http://www.humanism.org.uk/about/apphg
  3. http://www.humanism.org.uk/about/people/distinguished-supporters
  4. http://www.secularism.org.uk/kelvinhopkinsmp.html
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/342
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1549
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/2080
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/295
  10. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/1635
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  13. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  14. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  15. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  16. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20150502061628/http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/climate-change.htm
  18. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Kelvin_Hopkins
  19. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Kelvin_Hopkins

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