Angela Christine Smith

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This page is about Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge. For the former MP for ‎Basildon, see Angela Evans Smith


Angela Smith is the Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge. Prior to boundary changes at the 2010 general election, she was MP for Sheffield, Hillsborough.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Angela Christine Smith voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Same-Sex Marriage

Angela Christine Smith voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[2] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[3].

In the February 2013 Commons debate on the Bill, Ms Smith asked "As an atheist, I enjoyed the right to get married outside the Church. Surely those who do believe have a right to get married within their Church?"[4].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Angela Christine Smith 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[5]. 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[6]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[7]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Angela_Smith
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Angela_Smith
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm130205/debtext/130205-0002.htm#13020551001336
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Angela_Smith
  6. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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