Caroline Dinenage

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Caroline Dinenage is the Conservative MP for Gosport. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election.

Same-Sex Marriage

February 2013: Quote from a letter to a constituent

Ms Dinenage voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[1] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[2].

However, in May 2015, shortly after being appointed Minister for Equalities at the Department for Education, Ms Dinenage was quoted as saying "I am fully committed to advancing the cause of LGBT equality and support the law on same sex marriage."[3] She similarly tweeted "I support equal marriage & I'm fully committed to advancing the cause of LGBT equality moving forward"[4].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Caroline Dinenage 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[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.



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