Joan Ruddock

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Joan Ruddock was the Labour MP for Lewisham, Deptford from 1987 unstil she stood down at the 2015 general election.

Ms Ruddock studied Botany and Chemistry at Imperial College, London[1]. Until 2011 she was listed as an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society[2].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Joan Ruddock voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks[3]. A few months earlier the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[4] had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this was only one of many factors to be taken into account when legislating, and did not make any recommendations as to how MPs should vote.

Same-Sex Marriage

Joan Ruddock voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[5] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[6].

References

  1. http://www.joanruddock.org/about-joan.html
  2. http://wayback.archive.org/web/20080601000000*/http://www.secularism.org.uk/honoraryassociates.html
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=203&mpn=Joan_Ruddock
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Joan_Ruddock
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Joan_Ruddock

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