Graham Jones

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Graham Jones is the Labour MP for Hyndburn. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Greg Pope (Labour), having stepped down.

Teaching Evolution/Faith Schools

In January 2016, the head teacher of a local Church of England primary school tweeted that "Evolution is not a fact. That's why it's called a theory! There's more evidence that the Bible is true." She was strongly criticised online for the tweet. A report on the incident in the local press quoted Graham Jones as saying:

"It is a Church of England school and as such I understand the teachings of the Bible are important.
"The national curriculum requires more broad-based perception of evolution and a balance of opinions has to be struck so pupils can make up their own minds."[1]

Same-Sex Marriage

When asked by a constituent about how he would vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in May 2013 he tweeted:

"I will be voting 4 equal marriage, equalisation of civil partnerships, humanist marriages, public sector non descrimination."[2]

Mr Jones subsequently voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[3] and its third reading in May 2013[4].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Graham Jones 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[5]. 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[6]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[7]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://www.accringtonobserver.co.uk/news/oswaldtwistle-school-headteacher-evolution-not-10799309
  2. https://twitter.com/GrahamJones_MP/status/335051952981409792
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Graham_Jones
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Graham_Jones
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Graham_Jones
  6. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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