Lee Scott

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Lee Scott was the Conservative MP for Ilford North from 2005 until he lost the seat at the 2015 general election.

Homeopathy

Lee Scott was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[1].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Lee Scott voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[2]. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

In September 2011 Lee Scott voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[3]. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Lee Scott 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.

University Tuition Fees

In December 2010 Mr Scott resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond[7] in order to abstain in the vote on increasing the upper limit on university tuition fees to £9000[8].

Sex Education

In May 2011 Mr Scott voted in favour of Nadine Dorries' Sex Education (Required Content) "10 minute" Bill[9]. The Bill stated that "such education must include information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity"[10]. It was criticised for only applying to sex education for girls, not boys, with critics also pointing to evidence that abstinence-only sex education (which does not necessarily lead to abstinence itself) does not protect young people from unwanted pregnancies or STIs[11] (although this was not a bill advocating abstinence-only sex education, it would have meant that the only required elements of sex education would be basic information on reproduction[12], plus this new content on abstinence, with further content being up to the individual school)[13]. The Bill passed its first reading by 67 votes to 61, but had little chance of becoming law and was withdrawn in January 2012 shortly before its second reading[14].

Religion

Cornerstone Group

Lee Scott is a member of the Cornerstone Group, a group within the Conservative Party that describes itself as believing in "the spiritual values which have informed British institutions, our culture and our nation's sense of identity for centuries, underpinned by the belief in a strong nation state."[15]. Their website includes articles on Conservative and Christian political issues.

Atheist Bus Campaign

Following the adverts bought by the Atheist Bus Campaign on public transport in January 2009, Lee Scott seconded Early Day Motion 424 claiming that the rationale behind the adverts was that non-religious people can be less careful about their lifestyle choices and life's consequences[16].

Same-Sex Marriage

Lee Scott voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its third reading in May 2013[17].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Lee_Scott
  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
  7. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2010/dec/09/tuition-fees-vote-government-wins-narrow-victory
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2010-12-09&number=150&mpn=Lee_Scott
  9. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110504/debtext/110504-0001.htm#stpa_o51
  10. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-12/sexeducationrequiredcontent.html
  11. http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=2325
  12. http://www.drpetra.co.uk/blog/what-do-we-want-from-sex-and-relationships-education/
  13. http://educationforchoice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/abstain-from-abstinence-please-dorries.html
  14. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/20/nadine-dorries-sexual-abstinence-bill-withdrawn
  15. http://cornerstonegroup.wordpress.com/about/
  16. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/424
  17. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Lee_Scott

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