Dominic Grieve

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Dominic Grieve is the Conservative MP for Beaconsfield. He entered Parliament at the 1997 general election.

Following the 2010 general election he was appointed Attorney General for England and Wales.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Dominic Grieve voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 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, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Dominic Grieve voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[2]. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (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]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Religion and Politics

In an August 2014 interview, Mr Grieve was quoted as saying:

"I think politicians should express their faith. I have never adhered to the Blair view that we don’t do God, indeed I’m not sure that Blair does. I think that people with faith have an entitlement to explain where that places them in approaching problems.
"I think that those of us who are politicians and Christians should be in the business of doing it.
"It doesn’t mean that we have the monopoly of wisdom, but I do think Christianity has played an enormous role in shaping this country."[5]

Freedom of Information and Prince Charles

In October 2012 Mr Grieve, as Attorney General, vetoed the release under the Freedom of Information Act of correspondence between Prince Charles and government ministers[6]. The release had previously been required by three judges in a freedom of information tribunal. The correspondence was with seven government departments, including the Department of Health, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[7][8][9]

Homeopathy

Dominic Grieve was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[10].

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=Dominic_Grieve
  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.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11053037/Dominic-Grieve-British-Christians-forced-to-hide-belief.html (Maybe worth noting that the beginning of this article gives only short quotes from Mr Grieve and interpolates large sections of text between them, so it's difficult to judge how accurately it reports his views.)
  6. http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk/NewsCentre/Pages/AttorneyGeneralvetoesreleaseofPrinceofWalescorrespondence.aspx
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19959233
  8. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/9612090/Attorney-General-blocks-release-of-Prince-Charles-letters-to-avoid-serious-damage-to-his-future-as-king.html
  9. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/16/attorney-general-blocks-prince-charles-letters
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240

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