Patrick Mercer

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Patrick Mercer was the MP for Newark from 2001 until his resignation in April 2014. He was elected as a Conservative, but resigned the party whip in May 2013.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Patrick Mercer voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

In September 2011 Patrick Mercer voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[2]. 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.


Patrick Mercer was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[3].

In July 2010, Mercer signed Early Day Motion 284: BMA Annual Representative Meeting Motions on Homeopathy[4] which expressed concern at a number of motions to be put forward at the British Medical Association's annual representative meeting calling "for no further commissioning of, nor funding for, homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "thinks that an integrated NHS, which employs the best from the orthodox and complementary ... could deliver better and more cost-effective outcomes at a time of financial prudence".

Libel Law Reform

In March 2010, Patrick Mercer signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[5]. 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.

Creationism in Schools

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