Daniel Poulter

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Daniel Poulter is the Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Michael Lord (Conservative), having stepped down.

Prior to becoming an MP, Dr Poulter worked as an NHS hospital doctor specialising primarily in obstetrics, gynaecology and women's health.[1]

Same-Sex Marriage

Daniel Poulter voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[2] and its third reading in May 2013[3].

Abortion

In September 2011 Dr Poulter voted against Nadine Dorries's amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill. This amendment would have stopped the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed "independent" counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.[4]

In February 2015 Dr Poulter voted against an amendment to the Serious Crimes Bill introduced by Fiona Bruce that explicitly stated that abortion on the basis of gender was illegal[5]. A briefing by BPAS stated that the amendment was unnecessary as abortion cannot be authorised on the basis of gender alone, and it could have the effect of restricting access to abortion[6].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Daniel Poulter 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[7]. 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[8]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[9]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Nomination of David Tredinnick for Health Committee Chair

In June 2015 Daniel Poulter was one of 19 MPs to nominate David Tredinnick for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee[10]. Mr Tredinnick's advocacy of alternative medicine is well known and only four months earlier his view that astrology could have a role in reducing pressure on doctors had been widely reported (e.g. here).

(Speculation: At the same time Mr Tredinnick nominated Dr Poulter for chair of the Science & Technology Committee[1] - maybe the two had an agreement?)

References

  1. http://www.drdanielpoulter.com/pg_about_dan.aspx
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Daniel_Poulter
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Daniel_Poulter
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2011-09-07&number=339&mpn=Daniel_Poulter
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-23&number=157&mpn=Daniel_Poulter
  6. http://www.bpas.org/js/filemanager/files/bpas_sexselective_abortion_briefing.pdf
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Daniel_Poulter
  8. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/chair-nominations1/

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