Chloe Smith

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Chloe Smith is the Conservative MP for Norwich North. She was elected in a by-election on 23 July 2009 following the resignation of Ian Gibson during the expenses scandal.

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Chloe Smith signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[1]. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.

Abortion

In an interview shortly after her election, Chloe Smith talked of her belief in "the freedom to choose"[2].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Chloe Smith 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.

Alcohol Pricing

Same-Sex Marriage

In August 2011 it was reported that Ms Smith said she agreed with Peter Tatchell's "Equal Love" campaign[6]. The campaign supports both same-sex marriage and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

Ms Smith 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].

Religion

Ms Smith has identified herself as an atheist, and when being sworn in she chose to omit two references to God in the oath[9].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  2. http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=NOED30%20Jul%202009%2008%3A20%3A27%3A630
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Chloe_Smith
  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.pinknews.co.uk/2011/08/03/tory-mp-chloe-smith-supports-gay-marriage/
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Chloe_Smith
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Chloe_Smith
  9. http://www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=xDefault&itemid=NOED12%20Oct%202009%2020%3A35%3A03%3A767

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