David Jones

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David Jones is the Conservative MP for Clwyd West.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jones voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 16 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 David Jones voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Homeopathy

Jones was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

Cornerstone Group

David Jones 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."[6]. Their website includes articles on Conservative and Christian political issues.

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, David Jones voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[7]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Same-Sex Marriage

David Jones voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=David_Jones
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  6. http://cornerstonegroup.wordpress.com/about/
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=David_Jones
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=David_Jones

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