Frank Field

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Frank Field is the Labour MP for Birkenhead.

Frank Field is one of fifteen MPs appointed to the Ecclesiastical Committee,[1] which considers measures passed by the General Synod of the Church of England.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Frank Field voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 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, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

Mr Field initially supported Nadine Dorries's amendment to the 2011 Health and Social Care Bill which 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. However he eventually voted against the bill[3][4]

Homeopathy

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

When asked by journalist Tom Whipple what evidence the MP had used in deciding to support the motion, Field responded:

"I support the EDM because I have been a beneficiary of homeopathy medicine. Sometimes the drugs don’t work. The NHS has been treating me for eczema for more years than I can remember without total success.
I do believe one aspect of getting well is that people believe that they will get well. It is not the only aspect and as the health budget has almost doubled in real terms I believe there is a place for homeopathic medicines for those who wish to use them."[6]

In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Field signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[7].

Wirral Holistic Care Services

Frank Field is listed on the website of Wirral Holistic Care Services as a patron or trustee[8].

Wirral Holistic Care Services is an organisation that aims "to provide patients with a caring, therapeutic support service through a wide range of complementary therapies that will help them regain the inner strength and self-belief to approach their cancer treatment with confidence". The organisation's website claims "complementary therapy is effective in treating post-operative pain, phobias, addictions, sports injuries, organic disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, digestion problems, asthma, poor circulation etc), stress-related illnesses and postural problems."[9] The website lists as therapies: acupuncture, aromatherapy, autogenic training, Bowen therapy, counselling, healing, hypnotherapy, massage, meditation, reflexology, reiki, shiatsu, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machines, and therapeutic touch[10].

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Frank Field replied:

" I have been working with Matt Owen and Johan Eliasch to establish COOL EARTH. The aim is to form a mass movement of individuals world-wide who pay rent in a capitalised form so that rain-forest countries have a new form of investment which makes illegal logging uneconomic."[11]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Frank Field signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth".[12]

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Frank Field signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[13]. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.

Same-Sex Marriage

Frank Field voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[14] and its third reading in May 2013[15].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/ecclesiastical_committee/ecclesiastical_committee_members.cfm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14817816
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  6. http://statsdontlie.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/responses-from-signatories-to-homeopathy-motion/
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  8. http://www.wirralholistic.org.uk/patrons.html
  9. http://www.wirralholistic.org.uk/faqs.html
  10. http://www.wirralholistic.org.uk/
  11. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  13. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  14. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Frank_Field
  15. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Frank_Field

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