Andrew Rosindell

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Andrew Rosindell is the Conservative MP for Romford. He entered Parliament in 2001.

Religion

Cornerstone Group

Andrew Rosindell is a member of the Cornerstone Group, a group within the Conservative Party that describes itself as believing in "the spiritual values which have informed British institutions, our culture and our nation's sense of identity for centuries, underpinned by the belief in a strong nation state."[1]. Their website includes articles on Conservative and Christian political issues.

Faith based Adoption Agencies

In 2007, Andrew Rosindell 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.[2]

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, Andrew Rosindell voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[3]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Animals in Medical Research

In 2006, Andrew Rosindell signed Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".[4]

Climate Change

Andrew Rosindell has signed a number of Early Day Motions indicating that he agrees that climate change is occurring and is primarily due to the release of greenhouse gases. Recent examples include: EDM 98: Climate Change[5] (signed November 2007), EDM 1019: Climate Change And Energy Production[6] (signed March 2008), and EDM 1010: Green Energy Bill[7] (signed May 2009).

Health and Abortion

In 2010, Andrew Rosindell was one of the MPs to nominate Nadine Dorries for the position of Chair on the Health Select Committee.[8]

Mr Rosindell voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill on 7 September 2011, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.[9]

Sex Education

In May 2011 Mr Rosindell voted in favour of Nadine Dorries' Sex Education (Required Content) "10 minute" Bill[10]. The Bill stated that "such education must include information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity"[11]. It was criticised for only applying to sex education for girls, not boys, with critics also pointing to evidence that abstinence-only sex education (which does not necessarily lead to abstinence itself) does not protect young people from unwanted pregnancies or STIs[12] (although this was not a bill advocating abstinence-only sex education, it would have meant that the only required elements of sex education would be basic information on reproduction[13], plus this new content on abstinence, with further content being up to the individual school)[14]. The Bill passed its first reading by 67 votes to 61, but had little chance of becoming law and was withdrawn in January 2012 shortly before its second reading[15].

Same-Sex Marriage

Andrew Rosindell voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[16] and its third reading in May 2013[17].

References

  1. http://cornerstonegroup.wordpress.com/about/
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/742
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1850
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/98
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1019
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/1010
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Committee-Commons-Nominees.pdf
  9. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  10. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110504/debtext/110504-0001.htm#stpa_o51
  11. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-12/sexeducationrequiredcontent.html
  12. http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=2325
  13. http://www.drpetra.co.uk/blog/what-do-we-want-from-sex-and-relationships-education/
  14. http://educationforchoice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/abstain-from-abstinence-please-dorries.html
  15. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/20/nadine-dorries-sexual-abstinence-bill-withdrawn
  16. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Andrew_Rosindell
  17. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Andrew_Rosindell

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