Health Committee Nomination
Mobile Phone Masts
In April/May 2011 Pauline Latham was involved in a campaign against the erection of a telecoms mast. On her website she notes the mast site's proximity to a children's play area and a school, although she makes no mention of what dangers she believes it may pose. A downloadable petition form on her website:
- Declares that the petitioners are concerned about the potential health concerns surrounding telecommunications masts and the lack of consultation with residents and concerned parties; further declares that the precautionary principle, outlined in the Stewart Report, should be used when building masts near or upon schools and children’s play areas.
A report by the campaigning website Mast-Victims.org quoted a spokesman for the MP:
- "Mrs Latham is also looking to have an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on mobile phone masts and their safety.
- "She is from the same school of thought as the residents in that even though there is no evidence to suggest masts are harmful, there are still doubts.
- "Mrs Latham wants the government to take this seriously."
In June 2012 Ms Latham published an item on her website titled "Homeopathy and the Medicines Act consolidation". The first paragraph read:
- I would like to reassure the constituents who have contacted me on this issue that the Government believes in patients being able to make informed choices about their treatment, and in professionals being free to deliver the treatment they feel most appropriate in particular circumstances. This includes complementary or alternative treatments such as homeopathy.
In February 2015 Pauline Latham 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. 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 March 2012, shortly after the coalition government launched it's consultation on same-sex marriage, Ms Latham posted an item to her website on the issue. She noted she had been contacted by constituents and used the phrase "redefinition of marriage" which had been used by campaigners against same-sex marriage. She indicated she was pleased that no bill reforming marriage had been included in the Queen’s Speech. She then phrased her argument in religious terms stating that in her opinions "religious marriage is a time-honoured institution that belongs to various faiths in the United Kingdom. It is not the place of the Government to dictate the individual consciences or beliefs of those with faith." However, she later noted that "there is absolutely no question of the churches or any other religious institution being forced to host ceremonies for same-sex marriage or civil partnerships. Indeed, the consultation only considers same-sex civil marriage and not religious marriage."
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