Ian Liddell-Grainger

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Ian Liddell-Grainger is the Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset. He entered Parliament in 2001 as MP for Bridgwater.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Ian Liddell-Grainger voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[1].

In a subsequent vote to reduce the limit to 22 weeks, Ian Liddell-Grainger voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[2].

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.

Nomination of David Tredinnick for Health Committee Chair

In 2014 Mr Liddell-Grainger was one of 20 MPs to nominate David Tredinnick (an outspoken advocate of alternative medicine) for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee[3][4]. It is not known if Mr Liddell-Grainger subsequently voted for Mr Tredinnick, who only received nine votes in the anonymous ballot.

Cornerstone Group

Ian Liddell-Grainger 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, Ian Liddell-Grainger 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

Ian Liddell-Grainger voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its third reading in May 2013[7].


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. https://twitter.com/julianhuppert/status/481110771217469440
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmagenda/ob140618.htm
  5. http://cornerstonegroup.wordpress.com/about/
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Ian_Liddell-Grainger

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