- This page is about David Davies, MP for Monmouth. See also David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden.
- 1 Abortion
- 2 Climate Change
- 3 The Geek Manifesto and Evidence-Based Policy
- 4 Religion
- 5 Libel Law Reform
- 6 Same-sex Marriage
- 7 Human Rights Act
- 8 References
- 9 External Links
In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), David Davies voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks. 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 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 Davies replied:
- "1: There is no doubt that Climate Change is one of the most important international issues we face, both on a micro and a macro level.
- 2: Britain can and must be a world leader in Climate Change Policy. To do this we must ensure that our own policies are robust, long-reaching and coherent. It is sad to see that Carbon Emissions have risen over the past 10 years and if we are to act with any moral authority on the international stage we must fight to ensure that Britain's carbon emissions are significantly lowered through the passing of a Climate Change Bill, which I have advocated. We must also look hard at our energy supplies and our abilities to provide carbon neutral energy.
- Increasing the information available to the public on this issue, including facts about microgeneration, recycling, the cutting down of energy usage, will be a vital step in the right direction."
In March 2011 he spoke in the Welsh Grand Committee debate on Energy Policy transcript: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmgeneral/welshg/110310/pm/110310s01.htm#11031132000035 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us2ZYVz2enM&t=4m00s
In September 2011 he was quoted as saying:
- "Between 1940 and 1970 it was actually getting colder, despite the fact that that was when we were pouring vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere because the whole world was industrialising. So you can’t show that clear correlation that everyone is saying is there.
- "For the last 10 years according to the Met Office site – you have to look quite hard to see this because they don’t draw attention to it – there’s been no warming at all.
- "One therefore has to assume that there are all sorts of other factors coming into play here. You start to wonder how much of this actually is down to carbon dioxide emitted by man."
In September 2013, Mr Davies called a Westminster Hall debate on the future of the Climate Change Act 2008:
- Parliament website: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130910/halltext/130910h0001.htm#column_235WH
- They Work for You: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2013-09-10a.235.1
In June 2015, Mr Davies spoke in a House of Commons debate on climate change, in which he used the familiar argument that the climate had always been changing (rebutted here). He also quoted the IPCC's Summary for Policymakers (presumably the 2014 version, although the quote comes from page 5, not 17 as Mr Davies said) "It is extremely likely that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together." However he neglected to add the next sentence: "The best estimate of the human-induced contribution to warming is similar to the observed warming over this period".
The Geek Manifesto and Evidence-Based Policy
In June 2013 Mr Davies was asked if he had read the copy of Mark Henderson's book The Geek Manifesto that he was sent. He was reported to have responded:
- "After getting your letter I decided to have a look at the Geeks manifesto and got me quite hooked. For a chapter or two.
- "The arguments were quite persuasive.
- "Then I saw your complete dismissal of global warming sceptics and I lost all interest in spending any further time reading it. You talk of the importance of scientists having an open mind but you yourself dismiss those who question the arguments around CO2 and the 0.8degree rise in temperature to 1997.
- "How very disappointing."
David Davies 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.". Their website includes articles on Conservative and Christian political issues.
In June 2007, Davies wrote an article for the Group's blog titled "Enforce the law against female circumcision". In it he stated that "it is believed that thousands of young girls living in Britain are victims of this abhorrent practice", and that the current "commitment to supporting diversity means turning a blind eye to forced marriages, not doing enough to prevent honour killings, ignoring female genital mutilation".
Faith based Adoption Agencies
In 2007, David Davies 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.
On 6th May 2008, David Davies voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.
Libel Law Reform
In January 2010, David Davies signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law. 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.
Statement from May 2012, "I will not be supporting the proposals in their current form": http://www.david-daviesmp.co.uk/news/my-position-gay-marriage-i-will-not-be-supporting-proposals-their-current-form
Interview with BBC Radio Wales
In December 2012, shortly after David Cameron announced that same-sex marriages would be allowed in religious buildings, where religious groups wanted it (though excluding the Church of England), Mr Davies was reported to have said:
- "If there are any sort of areas where there isn't full equality with married couples then I'd be more than happy to support making changes to civic ceremonies, so I really don't know why we need to go ahead with this at all.
- "I think most people are very tolerant and have no problem at all if people are gay but, and I hate to say this in a way because I expect it's going to cause controversy, but I think most parents would prefer their children not to be gay, knowing most parents want grandchildren if nothing else."
He also noted that such a change might affect education and indicated that he thought the idea was not politically wise:
- "It changes the way that sex education is going to be taught in schools.
- "It's going to have an impact on teachers and I think it goes against what a lot of people feel very strongly about, particularly within the Conservative Party.
- "What is going to happen is that we're going to lose a large number of very loyal activists who've gone out and campaigned for us over the years and who don't like this idea, so politically it's barking mad."
Interview with The Guardian
In a later December 2012 interview Mr Davies seemed not to have thought about the issue in any depth:
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill
Human Rights Act
The day after the 2015 killings in the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, Mr Davies posted an article on his website with the headline "Paris attacks show need to scrap Human Rights Act".
A response by Mark Elliott, a Reader in Public Law at the University of Cambridge: http://publiclawforeveryone.com/2015/01/08/david-davies-mp-on-the-paris-shootings-and-the-human-rights-act-a-short-response/
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