Mark Spencer

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Mark Spencer is the Conservative MP for Sherwood. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Paddy Tipping (Labour), having stepped down.

GM Foods

January 2011 Westminster Hall debate:

Nomination of David Tredinnick for Health Committee Chair

In 2014 Mr Spencer was one of 20 MPs to nominate David Tredinnick (an outspoken advocate of alternative medicine) for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee[1][2]. It is not known if Mr Spencer subsequently voted for Mr Tredinnick, who only received nine votes in the anonymous ballot.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Mark Spencer 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[3]. 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[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.


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