Michael Fabricant

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Michael Fabricant is the Conservative MP for Lichfield. He first entered Parliament in 1992 as the MP for Mid Staffordshire.

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Michael Fabricant replied:

"1: In the long term, this may be the single most important question facing mankind. If our planet dies through overheating, we shall all die with it.
2: I believe that as well taking steps to reduce our own production of greenhouse gases, we should provide aid and advice to developing industrial giants such as China and India to reduce their production of greenhouse gases which far outstrip our own. And we should continue to pressure the United States to play their part too.
3: We in Lichfield have lead the way in recycling. Last year we were the number one council in England to recycle all our rubbish and there is more that we can do. For my part, I am buying a relatively low emissions car and always make sure that when I am away, my TV and computers and so on are switched off and are not on standby which still wastes power."[1]

Drug Policy

Mr Fabricant spoke a number of times in the November 2001 Commons debate on Drugs Strategy[2] when it was widely anticipated that cannabis would be reclassified from class B to class C. He noted taking excessive alcohol or tobacco was "equally, if not more, dangerous" than taking excessive cannabis. He recalled the increase in gangsterism caused by alcohol prohibition in the United States. On policy he stated "I do not advocate that we lift the prohibition on all drugs because I do not believe that we know what the consequences would be" and then noted that he would address his comments to soft drugs, and cannabis in particular.

In late 2012 a couple of tweets seem to indicate that his views are similar to 2001:

1: "Have often said: Prohibition in US didn't work. Created crime & black market. Home Affairs Committee is right to ask if drug probition works"[3]
2: "If we spent the money on educating ppl on what drugs are dangerous instead of attempting & failing to ban them, I suspect more effective."[4]

Same-Sex Marriage

Tweet, November 2012: "Papers saying 'Tory rebellion expected over Gay marriage'. As it will be a free vote, how can it be a 'rebellion'??? (I'll vote for, btw)."[5]

Tweet, December 2012: "A clearer picture of THAT poster. Whose words I support, btw. The same goes for places of worship: allowed NOT forced. http://pic.twitter.com/2WaDaCo1"[6]

Mr Fabricant subsequently voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[7] and its third reading in May 2013[8].

Press Regulation

Mr Fabricant broadly agrees with the stance of the Prime Minister upon publication of the Leveson report into press ethics, namely Leveson-compliant self regulation with the threat of legislation if that self regulation doesn't materialise in a satisfactory manner or timeframe.[9]

NHS

In 2012, Mr Fabricant suggested that patients should pay a refundable deposit for appointments in order to tackle the number of missed appointments.

"Too many doctor and hospital appointments are missed costing the NHS £millions. How about £5 deposit returnable if patient turns up or returnable if there was a good reason (illness?) for not turning up to the NHS appointment. Ppl do not value a doctor's time."[10]

Fact Checking/Admission of Error

In January 2013 Mr Fabricant tweeted a statement about the GDP to debt ratio. This statement was challenged by Jonathan Portes of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research[11]. The next day (after a few less generous tweets) Mr Fabricant tweeted first that he was checking the data[12][13] and then to withdraw his GDP to debt remark and apologise[14].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Michael Fabricant 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[15]. 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[16]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[17]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

References

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think---d-to-f-424395.html
  2. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2001-11-09.475.0
  3. https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/277733813428318209
  4. https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/277738084098002944
  5. https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/272279743309676545
  6. https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/277071427193163776
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Michael_Fabricant
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Michael_Fabricant
  9. Fabricant, Michael. "The Leveson Report"
  10. https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/275905184037761024, https://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/275905397074833408
  11. http://notthetreasuryview.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/debating-debt-ratios-with-michael.html
  12. http://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/293721489788764160
  13. http://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/293722349801451521
  14. http://twitter.com/Mike_Fabricant/status/293729803830431744
  15. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Michael_Fabricant
  16. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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