Caroline Nokes

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Caroline Nokes is the Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North. She entered Parliament at the May 2010 general election when the constituency was created, defeating the previous MP for Romsey, Sandra Gidley (Liberal Democrat).


In July 2010, Caroline Nokes signed Early Day Motion 284: BMA Annual Representative Meeting Motions on Homeopathy[1] which expressed concern at a number of motions to be put forward at the British Medical Association's annual representative meeting calling "for no further commissioning of, nor funding for, homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "thinks that an integrated NHS, which employs the best from the orthodox and complementary ... could deliver better and more cost-effective outcomes at a time of financial prudence".

Same-Sex Marriage

In March 2011 Mrs Nokes was quoted:

"My own point of view is very much that there should be equal marriage rights but I don’t think any religious faith organisations should be obliged to hold marriages if they do not want to or if it is against their beliefs."[2]

And in March 2012:

"Broadly speaking, I am with the Government on this. However, I do have concerns about any religious institutions being forced to conduct gay marriages against their wishes and contrary to their theology."[3]

Ms Nokes voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[4] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[5].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Caroline Nokes 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[6]. 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[7]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[8]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.



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