Paul Maynard

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Paul Maynard is the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election when the constituency was created.

Abortion

In September 2011 Paul Maynard voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[1]. 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

In 2012 Mr Maynard signed the Coalition for Marriage petition which stated:

"I support the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it."[2]

The Coalition for Marriage describes itself as "an umbrella group of individuals and organisations ... backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders"[3]. They are supported by the Evangelical Alliance[4] and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey[5], and have connections with other Christian groups[6].

The group claims it "draws upon a substantial body of evidence". However, science and evidence-based politics blogger Martin Robbins described their argument as "confused, irrational and ultimately self-defeating"[7].

Mr Maynard subsequently voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[8] and its third reading in May 2013[9].

References

  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  2. http://c4m.org.uk/signatures/
  3. http://c4m.org.uk/aboutus/
  4. http://www.eauk.org/articles/coalition-for-marriage-launched.cfm
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17102352
  6. http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/thinking-out-loud-who-are-the-coalition-for-m
  7. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2012/feb/20/1
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Paul_Maynard
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Paul_Maynard

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