In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jon Cruddas voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In 2007, the Labour Humanist Group questioned candidates for the Deputy Leadership position on their views regarding faith schools.
Question: What do you say to; (a) parents who can’t send their children to a their nearest school because that school discriminates against them on the basis of their religion or belief; (b) to teachers who are discriminated against and barred from thousands of teaching jobs on the basis of their religion or belief?
Jon Cruddas responded:
- "We should ensure that all children have access to a good local school. Achieving that is a rather more complicated issue than perhaps the parameters of this question allow me to explore in its totality. The public sector should set the highest standards in employment practice and that goes for schools as much as any other service."
Question: Will you support giving all schools more freedom to determine their ethos by repealing the requirement that all schools, including community schools, must carry out collective acts of Christian worship?
Jon Cruddas responded:
- "I believe that local communities should be able to determine the ethos of their schools through the proper democratic processes and that local authorities should have sufficient autonomy to ensure that."
Libel Law Reform
In March 2010, Jon Cruddas signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.
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