Jake Berry

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Jake Berry is the Conservative MP for Rossendale and Darwen. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, taking the seat from Janet Anderson (Labour).

Abortion

Mr Berry voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill on 7 September 2011, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.[1]

Local Government (Religious etc Observances) Bill

In July 2014 Mr Berry proposed the Local Government (Religious etc Observances) Bill, which was described as a "Bill to make provision about the inclusion at local authority meetings of observances that are, and about powers of local authorities in relation to events that to any extent are, religious or related to a religious or philosophical belief."[2]

At the time of writing no detail about the Bill was available except the title and one-sentence summary.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Jake Berry voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[3]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the HFEA, which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2014/july/private-members-ballot-bills-first-reading-2-july-2014/
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Jake_Berry
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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