George Osborne

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George Osborne is the Conservative MP for Tatton from 2010 until he stood down at the 2017 general election. He was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in the coalition government following the 2010 general election, a position he retained following the 2015 general election.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), George Osborne voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 George Osborne 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Science Funding

Commentary:

Austerity, Reinhart & Rogoff

In a February 2010 lecture Mr Osborne referenced recent research by economists Reinhart and Rogoff, which suggested that growth drops sharply when debt increases above around 90% of GDP[5]. This research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association and subsequently published in the May 2013 edition of American Economic Review under the title Growth in a Time of Debt[6], though it wasn't peer-reviewed[7]. In 2013 a number of flaws in the research came to light[8].

Same-Sex Marriage

George Osborne voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[9] and its third reading in May 2013[10].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=George_Osborne
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.conservatives.com/News/Speeches/2010/02/George_Osborne_Mais_Lecture_-_A_New_Economic_Model.aspx Freezepage: http://www.freezepage.com/1366387734DYVYBMBZLH
  6. http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/rogoff/files/growth_in_time_debt_aer.pdf
  7. http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2013/04/economics
  8. http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21576362-seminal-analysis-relationship-between-debt-and-growth-comes-under
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=George_Osborne
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=George_Osborne

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