Hugo Swire

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Hugo Swire is the Conservative MP for East Devon.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Hugo Swire voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 22 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 Hugo Swire 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.

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, Hugo Swire voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[5]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Same-Sex Marriage

Hugo Swire voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[6] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[7].

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=Hugo_Swire
  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=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Hugo_Swire
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Hugo_Swire

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