James Duddridge

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James Duddridge is the Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), James Duddridge voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].


Mr Duddridge was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[2].

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. James Duddridge replied:

"1: Climate change is one of the most important issues we face today. We have to be concerned with it right now so that we can deal with it properly when its effects really start manifesting themselves, but it's a huge challenge.
2: We need a Climate Change Bill setting out annual targets for reducing our carbon emissions. We must set a good example on the international stage so that countries like China and India can see our commitment and follow our lead. We must encourage innovation in the renewable energy sector, and set standards for new housing developments on energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Flooding is also a very real problem, and it's vital that we stop building on flood plains against the advice of the experts."[3]

Same-Sex Marriage

James Duddridge voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[4] and its third reading in May 2013[5].


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=James_Duddridge
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=James_Duddridge

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