Mary Glindon

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Mary Glindon is the Labour Party MP North Tyneside. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Stephen Byers (Labour), having stood down.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Mary Glindon signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[1], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[2]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

Abortion

Ms Glindon is a listed member of the House of Commons' All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group (as of September 2012)[3].

She voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill on 7 September 2011, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes. 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.[4]

Same-Sex Marriage

In 2012, Ms Glindon signed the Coalition for Marriage petition which stated:

"I support the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it."[5]

The Coalition for Marriage describes itself as "an umbrella group of individuals and organisations ... backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders"[6]. They are supported by the Evangelical Alliance[7] and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey[8], and have connections with other Christian groups[9].

The group claims it "draws upon a substantial body of evidence". However, science and evidence-based politics blogger Martin Robbins described their argument as "confused, irrational and ultimately self-defeating"[10].

Ms Glindon subsequently voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February 2013[11], and was one of only fourteen Labour MPs to vote against it in May 2013[12].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/pro-life.htm
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  5. http://c4m.org.uk/signatures/
  6. http://c4m.org.uk/aboutus/
  7. http://www.eauk.org/articles/coalition-for-marriage-launched.cfm
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17102352
  9. http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/thinking-out-loud-who-are-the-coalition-for-m
  10. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2012/feb/20/1
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Mary_Glindon
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Mary_Glindon

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