Guy Opperman

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Guy Opperman is the Conservative MP for Hexham. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Peter Atkinson (Conservative), having stepped down.

Mr Opperman updates his blog regularly, and following it give an idea of his views of a variety of topics: http://guyopperman.blogspot.com/

Vaccination

In a December 2012 blog post, Mr Opperman advised readers to "Get your flu jab!"[1]

Choice at the End of Life

Mr Opperman is a vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life[2][3]. "The APPG on Choice at the End of Life is interested in both our current rights at the end of life and also in extending those rights in certain situations and within safeguards. We believe that all people approaching the end of life should have access to good quality palliative care, and have access to clear information on their rights and choices around access to care and treatment decisions. We also believe that terminally ill mentally competent adults should have the option of an assisted death subject to strict safeguards."[4]

Same-Sex Marriage

Guy Opperman 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].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Guy Opperman 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[7]. 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[8]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[9]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://guyopperman.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/get-your-flu-jab.html
  2. http://www.appg-endoflifechoice.org.uk/who_we_are
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/choice-at-the-end-of-life.htm
  4. http://www.appg-endoflifechoice.org.uk/our_aim
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Guy_Opperman
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Guy_Opperman
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Guy_Opperman
  8. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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