Grant Shapps

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Grant Shapps is the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield. He entered parliament at the 2005 general election


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Grant Shapps voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 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.

On 11th October 2012, Mr Shapps appeared on BBC's Question Time. One question was on the topic of Jeremy Hunt's recent remarks on the abortion limit. Mr Shapps said that in the last vote he "was really looking very carefully at the medical evidence" and thought there was a trend that babies could survive slightly earlier than 24 weeks. The complete set of panellist responses can be viewed here: (from 50:30)

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Grant Shapps 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.

Pharmaceutical Trials

June 2013:

Same-Sex Marriage

Grant Shapps voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[5] and its third reading in May 2013[6].



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