David Crausby

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David Crausby is the Labour MP for Bolton North East. He entered Parliament in 1997.

Abortion

Mr Crausby is a listed member of the House of Commons' All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group (as of September 2012)[1].

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), David Crausby voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[2]. 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

Mitochondrial donation or mitochondrial transfer (or, in newspaper headlines, "three-parent babies") covers a number of related medical procedures carried out as part of IVF to allow women who carry mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children whose cells contain mitochondria from a donor and hence would not inherit the disease. Some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[3].

Mr Crausby was one of the signatories to an October 2013 declaration that said "the creation of children with genetic material from more than two progenitor persons, as is being proposed by the United Kingdom Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, is incompatible with human dignity and international law."[4]

Ms Crausby subsequently voted against allowing mitochondrial donation in February 2015[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].The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Same-Sex Marriage

Mr Crausby voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February 2013[7], and was one of only fourteen Labour MPs to vote against it in May 2013[8].

Climate Change

In February 2010, David Crausby signed Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community"[9].

Science Funding

In September 2010, David Crausby signed Early Day Motion 707: Government Funding for UK Science. The motion stated that the house "supports the view of the President of the Royal Society that short-term austerity risks undermining the UK's future science base", noted that other countries were investing in science to promote economic growth, and "believes that investment in basic scientific research throughout the UK is vital if the commercial benefits of developing new technology are to be broadly spread".[10]

Libel Law Reform

In February 2010, David Crausby signed the amended Early Day Motion 423A1 calling for a reform of the English libel law[11]. 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. The amended version added a statement of the belief that "libel laws discriminate against average and low paid people when victims of defamatory comment in the pages of national publications".

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/pro-life.htm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  4. http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=20204&lang=EN
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=David_Crausby
  6. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=David_Crausby
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=David_Crausby
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423#423A1

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