Andrew Selous

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Andrew Selous is the Conservative MP for South West Bedfordshire.

Abortion

Mr Selous is a listed member of the House of Commons' All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group (as of September 2012)[1].

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Andrew Selous voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[2]. 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.

He 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.[3]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Andrew Selous voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[4]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the HFEA, which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[5]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[6]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Homeopathy

Andrew Selous was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[7].

Animals in Medical Research

In 2006, Andrew Selous 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".[8]

Religion

Andrew Selous is a trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, an organisation allied with the British Conservative Party, established in 1990. The organisation wishes to unite the Christians of the British Conservative Party and to recruit more Christians into the Party.[9]

Selous also sits on the 'Council of Reference' for the group Prayers for Parliament. Prayers for Parliament assert that "the real power to change this land rests not in 10 Downing Street or in the Palace of Westminster. It rests wherever you bow your head in prayer to the Almighty God who is sovereign over all".[10]

Faith based Adoption Agencies

In 2007, Andrew Selous 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.[11]

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, Andrew Selous voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[12]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Same-Sex Marriage

Andrew Selous voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[13] and its third reading in May 2013[14].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/pro-life.htm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Andrew_Selous
  5. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1850
  9. http://www.ccfwebsite.com/people.html
  10. http://www.prayerforparliament.com/index.php
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/742
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  13. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Andrew_Selous
  14. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Andrew_Selous

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