George Eustice

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George Eustice is the Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, when the constituency was created.

Sex Education

In May 2011 Mr Eustice voted in favour of Nadine Dorries' Sex Education (Required Content) "10 minute" Bill[1]. The Bill stated that "such education must include information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity"[2]. It was criticised for only applying to sex education for girls, not boys, with critics also pointing to evidence that abstinence-only sex education (which does not necessarily lead to abstinence itself) does not protect young people from unwanted pregnancies or STIs[3] (although this was not a bill advocating abstinence-only sex education, it would have meant that the only required elements of sex education would be basic information on reproduction[4], plus this new content on abstinence, with further content being up to the individual school)[5]. The Bill passed its first reading by 67 votes to 61, but had little chance of becoming law and was withdrawn in January 2012 shortly before its second reading[6].

Climate Change

In May 2013 George Eustice was quoted in the press as saying:

"I am personally persuaded that there is a link between carbon emissions and climate change but it is essential that all perspectives in this argument are heard.
"I don't like the way that legitimate, yet contrarian scientific opinion on the issue has been rubbished or ridiculed. Sometimes those who believe in climate change have foolishly undermined their own case."[7]

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110504/debtext/110504-0001.htm#stpa_o51
  2. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-12/sexeducationrequiredcontent.html
  3. http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=2325
  4. http://www.drpetra.co.uk/blog/what-do-we-want-from-sex-and-relationships-education/
  5. http://educationforchoice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/abstain-from-abstinence-please-dorries.html
  6. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/20/nadine-dorries-sexual-abstinence-bill-withdrawn
  7. http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/MP-George-Eustice-says-climate-sceptics-heard/story-19102818-detail/story.html

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