Damian Green

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Damian Green is the Conservative MP for Ashford. He entered Paliament at the 1997 general election.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Damian Green 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Damian Green 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.


Damian Green was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Damian Green replied:

"Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges facing our generation. It is not just an environmental issue, but a social and economic one. We are close to a tipping point on climate change: if we don't cut emissions soon, we will irrevocably alter our climate. The Earth could rise by 6 degrees by the end of the century: a greater jump in temperature than from the last ice age until now. We don't know what all the effects will be, but that is precisely the point. We can't play dice with the future of our planet."[6]

Evidence-Based Policing

In September 2012, Mr Green made a speech to the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, ahead of the PCC elections in November that year. In the speech he welcomed "Sir Dennis O'Connor, with his experience and depth of knowledge, leading a workshop on evidence based policing", and stated his opinion that "[PPC] manifestos need to be credible, evidence-led and show innovative thinking".[7]

Same-Sex Marriage

Damian Green voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].


  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=Damian_Green
  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.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  6. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--g-to-h-424378.html
  7. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners/news/damian-green-speech-apcc
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Damian_Green
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Damian_Green

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