Penny Mordaunt

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Penny Mordaunt is the Conservative MP for Portsmouth North. She entered Parliament at the May 2010 general election, taking the seat from Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Labour).

EU Referendum

Ms Mordaunt campaigned for "Leave" in the 2016 EU referendum.

Claim about Turkey Joining the EU

In May 2016, Ms Mordaunt stated during a BBC interview that the UK did not have a veto on Turkey joining the EU[1]. In fact, every member country of the EU has a veto on new countries joining[2].

Lobbying

Campaign group The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency have said that Ms Mordaunt "hasn’t been completely straightforward with voters about her links to lobbying"[3]. They highlight links to the communications and lobbying firm Media Intelligence Partners, and the PR and lobbying consultancy Hanover, noting that she worked with a number of their healthcare clients.

Alternative Medicine

Penny Mordaunt is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare[4]. She was previously Vice-Chair[5].

Homeopathy

In June 2010, Penny Mordaunt signed Early Day Motion 342: British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy[6] which expressed regret at a number of motions passed at the recent BMA annual representative meeting that "oppose further commissioning and funding of homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "notes that 140 books have been published on homeopathy and that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that homeopathy is effective".

Health Committee Nomination

In 2010, Penny Mordaunt was one of the MPs to nominate Nadine Dorries for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee.[7]

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Penny Mordaunt 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[8]. 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[9]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[10]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Prayers at Local Authority Meetings

On 16th December 2014, Ms Mordaunt spoke in Parliament in favour of the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill 2014-15, which would allow prayers, religious observances or philosophical observations to take place as part of the business of local authorities in England and Wales.[11]

Same-Sex Marriage

Penny Mordaunt voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[12] and its third reading in May 2013[13].

References

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36352676
  2. https://fullfact.org/europe/turkey-likely-join-eu/
  3. http://www.lobbyingtransparency.org/content/view/29/1/
  4. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/integrated-healthcare.htm
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20131021123747/http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/integrated-healthcare.htm
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/342
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Committee-Commons-Nominees.pdf
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Penny_Mordaunt
  9. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  11. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141216/debtext/141216-0004.htm#14121647000003
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Penny_Mordaunt
  13. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Penny_Mordaunt

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