Amber Rudd

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Amber Rudd is the Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, taking the seat from Michael Foster (Labour).

Encrypted Communication

Four days after the March 2017 terrorist attack in Westminster, in which the attacher was known to have been a WhatsApp user, Ms Rudd appeared on the Andrew Marr show and said "We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other." and "We need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp." Video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04y2cnh

Later the same day, Ms Rudd told Sky "End-to-end encryption has a place. Cybersecurity is really important and getting it wrong costs the economy and costs people money, so I support end-to-end encryption."[1]

Commentary from selected experts: https://www.cityam.com/261750/amber-amber-rudds-whatsapp-encryption-remarks-heres-experts

Pregnancy and Abortion

In July 2012 Ms Rudd described herself as "unequivocally pro-choice": http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/12/sexual-health-inquiry-abortion-debate

Ms Rudd was the Chair and one of three MPs on the panel for the February 2013 report The Morning After: A Cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy http://www.2020health.org/dms/2020health/downloads/reports/2020UNPREGnew_FINAL.pdf

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Amber Rudd voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related children who would not inherit the disease[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Same-Sex Marriage

Amber Rudd voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[5] and its third reading in May 2013[6].

References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/27/amber-rudd-call-backdoor-access-hazy-grasp-encryption
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Amber_Rudd
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Amber_Rudd
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Amber_Rudd

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