Nicky Morgan is the Conservative MP for Loughborough. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, taking the seat from Andy Reed (Labour). In April 2014 she was appointed Minister for Women. In July 2014 this role was expanded to Minister for Women and Equalities, and at the same time she was appointed Secretary of State for Education.
Ms Morgan 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.
In February 2015 Nicky Morgan 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. 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. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
In February 2013 Ms Morgan voted against the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
A newspaper report quoted her extensively giving her reasons for voting against same-sex marriage, including:
- "First, this is a very big social change. There have been plenty of little changes down the years but what’s never been changed is that the fact that marriage is between a man and a woman.
- "I think that was one of the issues people, especially those who asked me to vote against, found hardest to accept and it also tied in with my own Christian faith too."
In May 2013 Ms Morgan voted against the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
In an October 2014 interview with Pink News, Ms Morgan said that now she would "probably not" vote against same-sex marriage now, although "as a member of Parliament I am guided by my constituents and I would probably have to find out how they feel".
Creationism and Religious Extremism in Nursery Schools
Religion and Politics
Interview with Ms Morgan on her views by Christians in Parliament: http://vimeo.com/88452085 (2014)
In September 2010 Ms Morgan asked the following written question in Parliament:
- To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the use of osteopathy to treat infant colic.
In October 2010 she was quoted in the press as saying:
- "As a mum whose child has benefited from osteopathy, I am keen to see whether the NHS and especially midwives and health visitors could be telling patients more about how treatment might help them.
- "In these economic times, there isn't a lot of money to go round but there is no harm in allowing parents to explore this treatment.
- "It is going to be a while before it is available on the NHS but if there is more awareness it will also help with research."
In the February/March 2011 issue of The Osteopath magazine it was reported:
- GOsC [General Osteopathic Council] representatives met with Nicky Morgan MP in January, in response to her recent parliamentary question on NHS funding for osteopathic treatment of colic.
- We briefed Ms Morgan on standards of osteopathic education, training and practice and the role of the GOsC, along with current developments such as revalidation and work to increase the evidence base for osteopathy. Ms Morgan was very supportive and offered to table parliamentary questions on these or other issues of interest.
Pharmaceutical Trial Data
Ms Morgan was a member of the Public Accounts Committee for their report "Access to clinical trial information and the stockpiling of Tamiflu", issued in January 2014. However she is not recorded as having attended any of the sessions for the report.
A November 2014 speech on the launch of the Your Life campaign: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/nicky-morgan-speaks-at-launch-of-your-life-campaign
The Your Life campaign is described as "a three-year campaign to ensure young adults in the UK have the maths and science skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy. It looks to inspire young people, to study maths and physics as a gateway into wide-ranging careers whilst also triggering employers to recruit and retain this talent."
- http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/uploads/the_osteopath_febmarch2011_public.pdf - page 12
- HTML: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmpubacc/295/29502.htm
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