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].


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].



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