John Baron

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John Baron is the Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay. Prior to boundary changes at the 2010 general election he was MP for Billericay.

Abortion

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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 John Baron voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[2]. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Homeopathy

Baron was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

Medical Innovation ("Saatchi") Bill

In February 2015 Mr Baron was one of five MPs from Parliamentary groups related to medicine to sign a letter to the Telegraph on the subject of the Medical Innovation Bill that stated:

"We support the purpose of the Bill – to encourage responsible innovation in medical treatment – but the Bill itself is misconceived in fact and law.
"Parliamentary scrutiny demands evidence. There is no evidence that doctors are deterred from innovating by threat of litigation: nor is there case law where innovating doctors have been sued in negligence."[6]

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. John Baron replied:

"[The issue of climate change is] very important. By not cutting our emissions, we are peering into the unknown and playing with fire as to the future of our planet. Flooding is increasingly an issue in the UK the Thames Barrier has been raised at an increasing rate as time has passed. We also have a responsibility to the developing world on this issue.
2: Lead by example by cutting our own emissions a Climate Change Bill will help this. We can also help to raise the attention this subject receives on the world stage.
3: Help raise people's awareness of this issue and cut down on our own emissions by installing more efficient double glazing, using energy efficient light bulbs, switching off the lights when not in use, recycling and reducing car and plane use."[7]

Same-Sex Marriage

John Baron voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=John_Baron
  3. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  6. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/11432494/Letters-Having-a-second-source-of-income-allows-MPs-to-take-risks-in-Parliament.html
  7. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=John_Baron
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=John_Baron

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