Michael Ancram

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Michael Ancram was the Conservative MP for Devizes until standing down in 2010.

Homeopathy

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

In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Ancram signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[2].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Michael Ancram voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 16 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[3]. 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.

Faith based Adoption Agencies

In 2007, Michael Ancram signed Early Day Motion 742 calling on the government to exclude "faith based" adoption agencies from the Equality Act to avoid such agencies being forced to consider gay couples.[4]

Charles Darwin

Michael Ancram was one of 79 MPs who signed Early Day Motion 377 noting the achievements of Charles Darwin, and calling for Darwin's birthday to be designated a public holiday to honour "one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds."

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, Michael Ancram voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[5]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Libel Law Reform

In January 2010, Michael Ancram signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[6]. 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.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/742
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423

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