Bill Wiggin

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Bill Wiggin is the Conservative MP for North Herefordshire (from 2001 until boundary changes in 2010 for Leominster).

Abortion

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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Bill Wiggin 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, Bill Wiggin voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[5]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Climate Change

Bill Wiggin 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. The motions include: EDM 98: Climate Change[6] (signed November 2007), EDM 789: Energy And Climate Change[7] (signed January 2008), and EDM 689: Solar Energy[8] (signed June 2009).

The Geek Manifesto

In October 2012, during a Parliamentary debate on the proposed badger cull, Mr Wiggin briefly mentioned Mark Henderson's book The Geek Manifesto:

"One of my constituents sent me a book called “The Geek Manifesto” about why we need more scientists in politics. That was very kind of him, and it was a very interesting book. It has served to show me, however, that our current debate highlights one of the problems with science and political discussion. Scientists are constrained in how they write their reports, which makes it too easy for people to quote from them to confirm their prejudices."[9]

Same-Sex Marriage

Bill Wiggin voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[10] and its third reading in May 2013[11].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Bill_Wiggin
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/98
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/789
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/689
  9. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121025/debtext/121025-0002.htm#ordayhd_11
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Bill_Wiggin
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Bill_Wiggin

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