Thomas Docherty

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Thomas Docherty was the Labour MP for Dunfermline and West Fife from 2010 until 2015.

Homeopathy

In June 2010, Thomas Docherty signed Early Day Motion 342: British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy[1] which expressed regret at a number of motions passed at the recent BMA annual representative meeting that "oppose further commissioning and funding of homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "notes that 140 books have been published on homeopathy and that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that homeopathy is effective".

Abortion

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

He voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill on 7 September 2011, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes. 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.[3]

Sex Education

Mr Docherty was one of the co-presenters of Nadine Dorries' Sex Education (Required Content) "10 minute" Bill, although he did not vote in the only Parliamentary vote on the Bill in May 2011[4]. The Bill stated that "such education must include information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity"[5]. It was criticised for only applying to sex education for girls, not boys, with critics also pointing to evidence that abstinence-only sex education (which does not necessarily lead to abstinence itself) does not protect young people from unwanted pregnancies or STIs[6] (although this was not a bill advocating abstinence-only sex education, it would have meant that the only required elements of sex education would be basic information on reproduction[7], plus this new content on abstinence, with further content being up to the individual school)[8]. The Bill passed its first reading by 67 votes to 61, but had little chance of becoming law and was withdrawn in January 2012 shortly before its second reading[9].

Same-Sex Marriage

Thomas Docherty voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[10] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[11].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/342
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/pro-life.htm
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110504/debtext/110504-0001.htm#stpa_o51
  5. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-12/sexeducationrequiredcontent.html
  6. http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=2325
  7. http://www.drpetra.co.uk/blog/what-do-we-want-from-sex-and-relationships-education/
  8. http://educationforchoice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/abstain-from-abstinence-please-dorries.html
  9. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/20/nadine-dorries-sexual-abstinence-bill-withdrawn
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Thomas_Docherty
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Thomas_Docherty

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