John Spellar

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John Spellar is the Labour MP for Warley.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), John Spellar 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 Spellar 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.

Climate Change

In a March 2007 press-release on his website on the release of the draft Climate Change Bill, Mr Spellar was quoted as saying:

"Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing this country and I am delighted that this Government is leading the way both on the international and the national level."[5]

In an article about Green Party leader Natalie Bennett's travelling on train for four days to a conference in Croatia, rather than flying, Mr Spellar was quoted as saying:

"This just shows how out of touch and elitist the Greens are. They have no idea about ordinary people’s lives and yet they would impose extra costs on holiday flights to fulfil their fantasies."

Same-Sex Marriage

John Spellar voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[6] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[7].



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