Geoffrey Cox

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Geoffrey Cox is the Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Geoffrey Cox voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 16 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.

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. Geoffrey Cox replied:

"I believe that climate change is one of the greatest problems facing us today. It is clear that we must take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or the consequences for future generations are likely to be severe."[2]

Religion

In a press release on his website dated 15th February 2010, titled "Cox applauds Government climbdown on religious freedom"[3], Geoffrey Cox speaks favourably of the Labour Party's defeat[4] in trying to get the Equality Bill through Parliament with a measure that was designed to prevent religious organisations from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

Same-Sex Marriage

In 2012 Mr Cox signed the Coalition for Marriage petition which stated:

"I support the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it."[5]

The Coalition for Marriage describes itself as "an umbrella group of individuals and organisations ... backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders"[6]. They are supported by the Evangelical Alliance[7] and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey[8], and have connections with other Christian groups[9].

The group claims it "draws upon a substantial body of evidence". However, science and evidence-based politics blogger Martin Robbins described their argument as "confused, irrational and ultimately self-defeating"[10].

Mr Cox subsequently voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[11] and its third reading in May 2013[12].

Medical Innovation ("Saatchi") Bill

Mr Cox responded to communication from a constituent on the Medical Innovation Bill: https://twitter.com/DrewBurdett/status/563420592054218752

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  3. http://www.geoffreycox.co.uk/search/article.php?id=778
  4. http://www.epolitix.com/latestnews/article-detail/newsarticle/government-suffers-equality-bill-defeat/
  5. http://c4m.org.uk/signatures/
  6. http://c4m.org.uk/aboutus/
  7. http://www.eauk.org/articles/coalition-for-marriage-launched.cfm
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17102352
  9. http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/thinking-out-loud-who-are-the-coalition-for-m
  10. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2012/feb/20/1
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Geoffrey_Cox
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Geoffrey_Cox

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