There’ll be two important votes today. One is the last attempt to control untraceable secondary ticketing sales before sporting events, a worthy aim but the amendment has been rejected by the Commons, probably because of the difficulties of implementing widespread control of rapacious sales. Then we shall come to the Regulations about the transfer of healthy mitochondria into an embryo to prevent mitochondrial disease. The regulations allow the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to examine the case for further research in women who may pass on disabling mitochondrial disease and approve it if the science is good. It is worth adding that the HFEA already permits research using the transfer of mitochondria and the vote today is about proceeding to make it a clinically useful technique. Lord Deben (used to be John Selwyn Gummer MP) has tabled a fatal amendment to delay the research. Those opposed to this type of research usually don’t like to be seen to be opposing such research completely…makes them look unreasonably anti-science in outlook, so they table amendments to delay instead. But make no mistake, they have every intention of opposing this type of embryo research and all other for reasons to do with the status in society of an unimplanted embryo, a view which is not shared by the general public. The Catholic Church’s opposition was expected, the Church of England has set back the cause of its modernisation a significant step by joining them. One step forward…women bishops, one step backwards on embryology research, very sad. Fortunately the vote will be won by the traditionally liberal Lords, who will join their parliamentary colleagues in the Commons in supporting these new regulations.