Patrick Hall

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Patrick Hall is the Labour candidate for Bedford in the 2015 general election. He was MP for the constituency from 1997 until 2010 when he lost the seat to Richard Fuller (Conservative).


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Patrick Hall voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].


Mr Hall was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[2].

In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Mr Hall signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[3].

Climate Change

On the Environment page of his campaign website[4], Mr Hall writes "Of course, the evidence is overwhelming: climate change is well under way, and I believe that we do not have the luxury to be complacent" and "The speed and extent of climate change today is indisputably linked to human activity".

Libel Law Reform

In February 2010, Patrick Hall signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[5]. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.



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