David Heathcoat-Amory

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David Heathcoat-Amory was the Conservative MP for Wells from 1983 until 2010, when he lost the seat to Tessa Munt (Liberal Democrat).


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), David Heathcoat-Amory voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 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, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[2] had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this was only one of many factors to be taken into account when legislating, and did not make any recommendations as to how MPs should vote.


In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", David Heathcoat-Amory signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[3].

Electricity Pylons

Heathcoat-Amory has a page on his website dedicated to his Pylons Campaign[4]. He quotes himself in a January 2010 Commons debate raising issues including "health effects", he also quotes one local mother who mentions "health issues such as Childhood Leukaemia".

Climate Change

2008 Westminster Hall debate http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2008-11-19b.67.0#g74.0:

"The evidence in the Stern review relied heavily on the intergovernmental panel on climate change. I have read the bulk of both reports and I am aware of being in the presence of something similar to a secular religion with its articles of faith and its heretics."
"Some professional astronomers advance a theory that links fluctuations in terrestrial temperatures to variations in the sun's magnetic field. That has nothing to do with sun spots as is sometimes thought—it is due to the influence of that magnetic fluctuation in the incidence of cosmic rays on the earth's atmosphere, which in turn affects cloud cover. There is a correlation—which does not necessarily imply causation—between the fluctuations of the sun's magnetic field and terrestrial temperatures in the past. I do not claim that as an explanation, but it is a theory that should at least have been addressed by the IPCC, rather than being entirely excluded."


  1. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=203&mpn=David_Heathcoat-Amory
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  4. http://www.davidheathcoatamory.co.uk/page/12/

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