Libertarian MP defeated in UK election

One of the casualties of the recent British general election was Dr Evan Harris, a Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon from 1997 to 2010. He lost by a handful of votes to a Conservative candidate. Dr Harris normally took a libertarian stand on bioethical issues and was a forceful and reliable supporter of human embryonic stem cell research, abortion, euthanasia, anonymous sperm donation, IVF for lesbians and single parents and so on. On the controversial issue of hybrid embryos, for instance, he declared "queasiness is not a good reason to prevent research going ahead that is strictly regulated."

According to Ed West, of the London Telegraph, “It’s unlikely that life issues played a part in his downfall – far more that, as Greece goes down in flames, voters thought twice about the most pro-Euro party in Britain.” Dr Harris is already thinking about contesting his old seat in the next election.

comments powered by Disqus

 Search BioEdge

 Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter
rss Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed

 Recent Posts
Another conundrum: euthanasia and anatomy programs
7 Apr 2019
Is the use of puberty blockers an experimental treatment?
7 Apr 2019
Brain-dead Portuguese woman gives birth
7 Apr 2019
The power of words in the euthanasia debate
7 Apr 2019
The ties of modern science to the Atlantic slave trade
7 Apr 2019

Home | About Us | Contact Us | rss RSS | Archive | Bookmark and Share |

BioEdge - New Media Foundation Ltd © 2004 - 2019