John Stevenson

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John Stevenson is the Conservative MP for Carlisle. He entered Parliament at the May 2010 general election, the previous MP, Eric Martlew (Labour), having stepped down.

Homeopathy

In June 2010, John Stevenson signed Early Day Motion 342: British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy[1] which expressed regret at a number of motions passed at the recent BMA annual representative meeting that "oppose further commissioning and funding of homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "notes that 140 books have been published on homeopathy and that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that homeopathy is effective".

Same-Sex Marriage

John Stevenson voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[2] and its third reading in May 2013[3].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 John Stevenson voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[4]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the HFEA, which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[5]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[6]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/342
  2. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=John_Stevenson
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=John_Stevenson
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=John_Stevenson
  5. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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