Nicola Blackwood

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Nicola Blackwood is the Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon. She took the seat at the 2010 general election, narrowly defeating Evan Harris (Liberal Democrat).

She was previously listed as a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship[1].

Stance on Faith Schools and Abortion

A comment on Blackwood's Facebook wall, 1st May 2010:

Nicola, it was good to meet you at hustings yesterday. I just want to emphasize that my vote is absolutely not an endorsement of David Cameron, but specifically of you. I trust you to uphold the pro-life, pro faith school, and socially caring economic views you expressed yesterday, some of which are in stark contrast with previous Tory policy. Good luck - I hope I can count on you to put principle before partisanship.[2]

Ms. Blackwood 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.[3]

Science

A House of Commons speech from November 2010: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?gid=2010-11-10a.108.2

Article for CaSE

In the run-up to the 2015 general election, the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) invited candidates to contribute posts saying why science and engineering was important to them and the UK. Nicola Blackwood's response can be read at: http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/?p=17303

Same-Sex Marriage

In June 2012 Ms Blackwood replied to a constituent inquiring about her position on the forthcoming vote to legalise same-sex marriage: https://twitter.com/DrEdLong/status/222733916849709056/photo/1/large

In the final Commons vote on the issue, in May 2013, Ms Blackwood voted against allowing same-sex marriages.[4]

She explained the reason for her vote in an article published a few days later: http://www.cherwell.org/comment/opinion/2013/05/25/why-i-voted-against-the-gay-marriage-bill

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Nicola Blackwood voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related children who would not inherit the disease[5]. 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[6]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[7]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Survey Questions 2010

I have sent the ten questions to Nicola Blackwood Jamesd 13:22, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

I've received no reply and followed up yesterday with twitter and telephone messages. Jamesd 08:36, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

I've received no reply, and I shall not be chasing my local candidates further, or processing late replies. Jamesd 12:41, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Following her victory in Abingdon and Oxford West, I am interested to discover her views. I am a constituent. I emailed her the ten questions today. --Andybuckle 11:29, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

Today I got this

Thank you for getting in touch with me on these important matters. My apologies for the delay in getting back to you, it has taken a while to get my systems up and running. Please be patient as setting up staff, office and IT equipment is taking longer than expected but as soon as I can I shall get back to you about this.

--Andybuckle 19:38, 18 May 2010 (UTC)
Still no response --Andybuckle 12:36, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20110717021601/http://www.ccfwebsite.com/ProfileNicolaBlackwood.shtml
  2. http://www.facebook.com/MarkAlastairRayner/posts/392008235828
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&display=allvotes&sort=name
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Nicola_Blackwood
  6. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500

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