Michael Fallon

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Michael Fallon is the Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, having been elected to the seat in 1997. He was previously MP for Darlington (1983–1992).

Homeopathy

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

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Michael Fallon voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[2]. 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Michael Fallon 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.

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 Fallon replied:

"1: A major concern, coupled with energy security.
2: Britain has a big influence internationally, and we should be using it in fora such as the UN, EU, G8 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We should encourage, and lead on, investment in hydrogen fuel cell and other cleaner alternative energy technologies.
3: I meet my local Friends of the Earth group regularly. I fully support Sevenoaks District and Kent County Councils in their recycling initiatives. As a family we are all aware of the implications of climate change; we try to conserve water and energy wherever possible; we use public transport where we can; and we share cars wherever possible on school runs."[6]

In June 2013, shortly after his appointment as Minister of State for Energy at the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Mr Fallon was interviewed by The House, "Parliament's Magazine". When asked about climate change he was quoted as saying:

"You are getting me into theology now, I don't deal with that, that's the other side of the department, isn't it?
"You are not going to draw me on that. I've not had time to get into the great climate change debate. My job is to make sure the lights stay on and we get new investment in energy and a better deal for the consumer. I do not have time all day, I'm afraid, to read these various tracts. There are lots of them and a very polarised debate. Instinctively I'm… well, anyway… I've not gone into it."[7]

Churches and Moral Matters

In a campaign leaflet from Mr Fallon for the 2015 general election it was stated that "In Parliament Michael has taken a close interest in family issues, voting against gay marriage and supporting parental responsibility. He works closely with local churches when moral matters come before Parliament."[8]

Blasphemy Law

On 6th May 2008, Michael Fallon voted against a Lords amendment to abolish the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel[9]. The amendment was nonetheless passed by a vote of 378 to 57.

Sharia Councils

In June 2011, Fallon submitted the following Parliamentary question[10][11]:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many family law cases have been dealt with by Sharia tribunals under the Arbitration Act 1996 in each year since 1997.

Same-Sex Marriage

Michael Fallon voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[12] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[13].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Michael_Fallon
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  6. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think---d-to-f-424395.html
  7. http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/79643/energy_booster.html
  8. https://electionleaflets.org/leaflets/11081/
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-06&number=170&display=allvotes
  10. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-06-10b.58472.h
  11. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110610/text/110610w0002.htm#11061051004078
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Michael_Fallon
  13. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Michael_Fallon

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