Andrew Pelling

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Andrew Pelling was the MP for Croydon Central until standing down in 2010.

Pelling was elected as a Conservative MP, but was suspended from the party while being investigated for assaulting his wife[1]. No charges were brought[2], and Pelling was re-admitted to the party, but continued to effectively be an Independent MP.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Andrew Pelling voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[3]. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.


Andrew Pelling was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[4].

In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Pelling signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[5].

Faith based Adoption Agencies

In 2007, Andrew Pelling signed Early Day Motion 742 calling on the government to exclude "faith based" adoption agencies from the Equality Act to avoid such agencies being forced to consider gay couples.[6]



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