Edward Vaizey

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Edward Vaizey is the Conservative MP for Wantage.


Edward Vaizey supported Nadine Dorries's Termination of Pregnancy 2006-7 Private Member's Bill[1].

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Edward Vaizey voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks[2]. 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[3] 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Edward Vaizey 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[4]. 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[5]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[6]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.


Edward Vaizey was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[7].

Vaizey replied to a query from a constituent regarding his support of the motion:

"Despite your many well argued points, I have decide not to withdraw my name from EDM 1240. Although there is some doubt surrounding the effectiveness of these institutions, I am sure you are aware that these facilities are highly valued amongst patients. Where a doctor and a patient believe that a homeopathic treatment may be of benefit to a patient, I believe doctors should be free to prescribe that medicine.
I will continue to monitor the arguments for and against homeopathic hospitals."

MMR Vaccine

Edward Vaizey signed the February 2009 Early Day Motion 754: MMR Vaccine and the Media supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.[8]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Vaizey responded to a communication from a constituent concerning possible cuts to the UK science budget in the forthcoming spending review[9]. His response seemed to echo much of the coalition government's line as expressed in Vince Cable's speech the previous month[10], as well as letters from a number of other Conservative MPs.

Same-Sex Marriage

Edward Vaizey voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[11] and its third reading in May 2013[12].


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/pabills/200607/termination_of_pregnancy.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=201&mpn=Edward_Vaizey
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Edward_Vaizey
  5. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  9. http://lecanardnoir.posterous.com/a-reply-from-my-mp-ed-vaizey-regarding-scienc
  10. http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/speeches/vince-cable-science-research-and-innovation-speech
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Edward_Vaizey
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Edward_Vaizey

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