Margot James

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Margot James is the Conservative MP for Stourbridge. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, taking the seat from Lynda Waltho (Labour).


In October 2010 Margot James was involved in a campaign to encourage vulnerable groups to get a winter flu vaccine. She was quoted as saying "National immunisation programmes have saved more lives in the last 50 years than any other health policy, however flu immunisation levels remain low among some groups."[1]

Same-Sex Marriage

Ms James was one of a number of Conservative Party MPs to sign a December 2012 letter to the Telegraph in support of same-sex marriage. It also noted:

"We feel strongly that religious freedom must be protected. This means that religious groups should be allowed to conduct same sex marriages if they choose, but equally none should be compelled to do so."[2][3]

Ms James subsequently voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[4] and its third reading in May 2013[5].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Margot James 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[6]. 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[7]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[8]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.



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