Alan Haselhurst

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Alan Haselhurst was the Conservative MP for Middleton and Prestwich (1970-1974), and Saffron Walden (1977-2017).

Nomination of David Tredinnick for Health Committee Chair

In 2014 Alan Haselhurst was one of 20 MPs to nominate David Tredinnick (an outspoken advocate of alternative medicine) for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee[1][2]. It is not known if he subsequently voted for Mr Tredinnick, who only received nine votes in the anonymous ballot.

Same-Sex Marriage

Alan Haselhurst voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[3] and its third reading in May 2013[4].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Alan Haselhurst 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[5]. 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[6]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[7]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.


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