Heather Wheeler

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Heather Wheeler is the Conservative MP for South Derbyshire. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Mark Todd (Labour), having stepped down.

Health Committee Nomination

In 2010, Ms Wheeler was one of the MPs to nominate Nadine Dorries for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee.[1]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Heather Wheeler voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related 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.

Plymouth Brethren and the Charity Commission

Ms Wheeler contributed to a Parliamentary debate in November 2012: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2012-11-13a.36.0

Same-Sex Marriage

Heather Wheeler voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[5] and its third reading in May 2013[6].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Committee-Commons-Nominees.pdf
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Heather_Wheeler
  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.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Heather_Wheeler
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Heather_Wheeler

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