David Burrowes

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David Burrowes is the Conservative MP for Enfield, Southgate.

Healthcare

Homeopathy

Mr Burrowes was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of homeopathic hospitals[1].

Abortion

Mr Burrowes is a listed member of the House of Commons' All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group (as of September 2012)[2].

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), David Burrowes voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[3]. 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.

In September 2011 David Burrowes voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[4]. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 David Burrowes voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[5]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the 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]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Religion

Interview with Mr Burrowes on his views by Christians in Parliament: http://vimeo.com/105024516 (September 2014)

Conservative Christian Fellowship

David Burrowes is a trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, an organisation allied with the British Conservative Party, established in 1990. The organisation wishes to unite the Christians of the British Conservative Party and to recruit more Christians into the Party.[8]

Cornerstone Group

David Burrowes is a member of the Cornerstone Group, a group within the Conservative Party that describes itself as believing in "the spiritual values which have informed British institutions, our culture and our nation's sense of identity for centuries, underpinned by the belief in a strong nation state."[9]. Their website includes articles on Conservative and Christian political issues.

Faith based Adoption Agencies

In 2007, David Burrowes signed Early Day Motion 742 calling on the government to exclude "faith based" adoption agencies from the Equality Act to avoid such agencies being forced to consider gay couples.[10]

Christian Action, Research and Education (CARE)

Mr Burrowes was one of a number of MPs who registered their employment of interns from the Christian charity group Christian Action, Research and Education (CARE). Described by the Independent as a 'right wing Christian group', CARE were investigated by the Charity Commission and the House of Commons standards watchdog for lobbying activities, specifically related to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

CARE also campaigned against the repeal of Section 28, which banned the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools, and helped defeat laws on assisted dying in the House of Lords. Its work has been condemned in the Lords as "propaganda". [11]

Same-Sex Marriage

In February 2012, Mr Burrowes signed the Coalition for Marriage petition which stated:

"I support the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it."[12]

The Coalition for Marriage describes itself as "an umbrella group of individuals and organisations ... backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders"[13]. They are supported by the Evangelical Alliance[14] and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey[15], and have connections with other Christian groups[16].

The group claims it "draws upon a substantial body of evidence". Science and evidence-based politics blogger Martin Robbins described their argument as "confused, irrational and ultimately self-defeating"[17].

Mr Burrowes subsequently voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[18] and its third reading in May 2013[19].

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. David Burrowes replied:

"1: Climate change is very important as not only does it have implications on life now, but as we are more and more aware, has massive implications for future generations.
2: A good start would be a Climate Change Bill. This is needed to ensure we reduce our carbon emissions. We also need to be looking at ways of changing our current reliance on renewable energy sources that cause so much damage to the planet. It's really important that as a nation, we lead by example on this issue.
3: My family works hard to ensure we do our bit to alleviate climate change. For several years we have been recycling bottles, paper and tins and composting kitchen waste. We also use energy saving light bulbs and make sure we turn lights and power supplies off at night where possible. Most recently, I have begun cycling around my constituency too. My offices also ensure we recycle as much paper waste as possible."[20]

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/pro-life.htm
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=David_Burrowes
  6. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  8. http://www.ccfwebsite.com/people.html
  9. http://cornerstonegroup.wordpress.com/about/
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/742
  11. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-rightwing-christian-group-pays-for-commons-researchers-802607.html
  12. http://c4m.org.uk/signatures/
  13. http://c4m.org.uk/aboutus/
  14. http://www.eauk.org/articles/coalition-for-marriage-launched.cfm
  15. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17102352
  16. http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/thinking-out-loud-who-are-the-coalition-for-m
  17. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2012/feb/20/1
  18. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=David_Burrowes
  19. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=David_Burrowes
  20. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html

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