Gordon Henderson

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Gordon Henderson is the Conservative MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Derek Wyatt (Labour), having stepped down.

Dietary Supplements

In October 2010, a news item/press release appeared on Gordon Henderson's website about his opposition to the EU Food Supplements Directive[1]. The directive would put limits on dose levels of vitamins and minerals in dietary supplements. While the bulk of the statement spoke of consumer choice and interference from Brussels, Henderson is quoted as mentioning the "important issue of public health".

Abortion

In September 2011 Gordon Henderson voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[2]. This amendment 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Gordon Henderson 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[3]. 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[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Gordon Henderson 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".[6]

Same-Sex Marriage

Gordon Henderson voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[7] and its third reading in May 2013[8].

References

  1. http://www.gordonhendersonmp.org.uk/press-release2-111010/4544654976
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Gordon_Henderson
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Gordon_Henderson
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Gordon_Henderson

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