Francis Maude

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Francis Maude was the Conservative MP for North Warwickshire (1983–1992) and Horsham (1997–2015).


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Francis Maude voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 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.

Evidence-based Policy

June 2012:

Same-Sex Marriage

Francis Maude voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[2] and its third reading in May 2013[3].

May 2013:

Teaching Creationism

BBC Daily Politics, 5th February 2014: Reports on Twitter (e.g. here) of Mr Maude defending teaching creationism in science class as freedom of choice? Should appear here soon:



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