Greg Clark

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Greg Clark is the Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells. He entered Parliament at the 2005 general election.

He was appointed Minister of State for Cities and Constitution in October 2013, and Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities in July 2014.

Science Policy

Mr Clark was a panellist in a March 2015 debate on Science and the General Election: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmo3Qe0ndcI

Mr Clark was interviewed by British Science Association in April 2015 in his role as Conservative Party spokesperson for science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Oqo4W9i2c

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Greg Clark 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Greg Clark 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.

Homeopathy

Dr Clark was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Greg Clark replied:

"Climate change and our response to it is more than just another concern. Every day hundreds of issues compete for public attention, but only a few emerge from the fray to stand out as compass points on the political map. Climate change needs to be in that category."[6]

Same-Sex Marriage

Greg Clark voted in favour of 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.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=Greg_Clark
  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.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  6. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Greg_Clark
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Greg_Clark

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