Philip Hammond

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Philip Hammond is the Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge. He first entered parliament at the 1997 general election.

Climate Change

http://blogs.channel4.com/gary-gibbon-on-politics/cameron-money-object-mopping/27519 (video from 2:25)

"I've got no doubt that the climate is changing, and I have no doubt that there is a component of human contribution to climate change." (his apparent emphasis)

Asked about other components:

"I think there are natural rhythms, solar rhythms, that contribute as well."

October 2014: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/10/09/uk-foreign-secretary-hails-economic-benefit-of-climate-action/

November 2015, speech given at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington DC: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/foreign-secretary-speech-a-conservative-response-to-climate-change

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Philip Hammond voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks[1]. After four separate parliamentary votes on varying time limits, the majority of MPs voted to keep the abortion time limit at 24 weeks.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[2] had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this was only one of many factors to be taken into account when legislating, and did not make any recommendations as to how MPs should vote.

Same-Sex Marriage

Mr Hammond appeared on BBC Question Time in May 2013, shortly before the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill returned to the Commons. He stated he had not been a supporter of the Bill, although he was now resigned to the fact that he was in a minority, that before the introduction of civil partnerships same-sex couples had suffered real disadvantages, but civil partnerships had removed these disadvantages, and that with this Bill, for millions and millions of people who are married, the meaning of marriage will have changed[3].

Mr Hammond did not vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at either its second reading in February 2013[4] or its third reading in May 2013[5].

Homeopathy

Philip Hammond was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[6].

References

  1. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=201&mpn=Philip_Hammond
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01sk89w/Question_Time_16_05_2013/ from 36:00
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Philip_Hammond
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Philip_Hammond
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240

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