Angela Watkinson

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Angela Watkinson was the Conservative MP for Upminster (2001-2010) and Hornchurch and Upminster (2010-2017).

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Angela Watkinson voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[1]. 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.

In 2006 Ms Watkinson introduced a 10-minute bill which would require that parents were informed if girls under the age of 16 were given advice on contraception or abortion by doctors[2]. The bill did not make it though the Parliamentary process.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Angela Watkinson voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[3]. 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[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Drug Laws

On her old website, Ms Watkinson outlined her views on drugs:

Angela is an active campaigner against the liberalisation of our drug laws. She believes that the provision of unlimited drug withdrawal and rehabilitation treatment for addicts cannot possibly succeed alone in combating the overall problem of illegal drug use. Robust prevention policies are needed to prevent every cured addict being replaced by two new ones.

Further details are available on the Internet Archive version of her website from 2009: http://web.archive.org/web/20090211082917/http://www.epolitix.com/mpwebsites/mpwebsitepage/mpsite/angela-watkinson/mppage/campaigns-14/

Blasphemy Law

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

Badger Cull

Letter from June 2013: http://www.angelawatkinsonmp.com/Campaign-Letters/Resources/201306%20Badger%20Cull.pdf

Cigarette Packaging

Letter from May 2013: http://www.angelawatkinsonmp.com/Campaign-Letters/Resources/201305%20Plain%20Packaging%20cigarettes.pdf

Same-Sex Marriage

Angela Watkinson voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[7] and its third reading in May 2013[8].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6444725.stm
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Angela_Watkinson
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Angela_Watkinson
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Angela_Watkinson

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