Alok Sharma

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Alok Sharma is the Conservative MP for Reading West. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Martin Salter (Labour), having stepped down.

Mr Sharma was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee in from July 2010 until February 2011.

Same-Sex Marriage

Mr Sharma voted for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its Second Reading in February 2013[1]. He subsequently posted an article on his website in which he explained why he supported the Bill:

"I have huge respect for the passionate and genuinely held views of those who oppose this legislation. They stem from profound and deeply held beliefs, often founded in religion. However, I have always been consistent in my view. We already have civil partnerships for same sex couples who enjoy many of the same rights as married couples. And therefore the introduction of same sex marriage will not, in my view, represent a major revolution in the law."
"The key for me was to confirm that the Bill has the safeguards to ensure that no religious institution can be forced, against its wishes, to marry any same sex, or indeed heterosexual, couples. I believe the Bill contains those safeguards and that is an assurance I have also received from Ministers."

Mr Sharma did not vote (was not present?) at the Third Reading of the Bill[2].

Plymouth Brethren and the Charity Commission

Mr Sharma contributed to a Parliamentary debate in November 2012:



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