Philip Dunne

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Philip Dunne is the Conservative MP for Ludlow.


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

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Philip Dunne 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.


Dunne was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[5].

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Philip Dunne replied:

"1: Climate Change is one of the main challenges facing the globe. We have 10 years to put in place effective measures around the world to avert the consequences of global warming beyond the tipping point.
2: Britain can play a major role in building international consensus to ensure all countries take steps to achieve this. Britain has a unique leadership role, both within the European Union, with the United States and with India, China, Russia and Brazil, the key nations which need to engage fully to ensure success. In the meantime Britain can start to lead by example in reducing carbon emissions to meet the Kyoto targets.
3: I have committed to Lose a Tonne of carbon from my personal carbon footprint. In my constituency I am inviting opinion formers to a screening of An Inconvenient Truth next month to raise awareness."[6]

Same-Sex Marriage

Philip Dunne voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its third reading in May 2013[7].



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