Greg Knight

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Greg Knight is the Conservative MP for East Yorkshire. He entered Parliament in 2001.

Abortion

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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Greg Knight 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.

Religion

Cornerstone Group

Greg Knight is a member of the Cornerstone Group, a group within the Conservative Party that describes itself as believing in "the spiritual values which have informed British institutions, our culture and our nation's sense of identity for centuries, underpinned by the belief in a strong nation state."[5]. Their website includes articles on Conservative and Christian political issues.

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, Greg Knight voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[6]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Food Labelling

Knight has a record of campaigning for improved food labelling. This includes posts on his website: "Stop the Porky Pies on Food Labels"[7] and "Rubbish food should be labelled as rubbish"[8], as well as signing Early Day Motions: EDM 581: Food Labelling and the Welfare Of Chickens[9] and EDM 60: Misleadingly Named Produce[10]. On his website he writes "This is not about supporting the idea of a nanny-state, which tells the public what to eat. It is about giving the customer full and accurate information about what they are purchasing, so that they can then make an informed decision about what food they wish to buy."[11]

Same-Sex Marriage

Greg Knight voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[12] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[13].

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_Knight
  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://cornerstonegroup.wordpress.com/about/
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  7. http://62.149.36.33/~gregknig/2march2009e.php
  8. http://62.149.36.33/~gregknig/24april2009e.php
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/581
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/60
  11. http://62.149.36.33/~gregknig/24april2009e.php
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Greg_Knight
  13. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Greg_Knight

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