Priti Patel

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Priti Patel is the Conservative MP for Witham. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, when the constituency was created.

Alternative Medicine

Priti Patel was previously listed as a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare.[1]

Sex Education

In May 2011 Ms Patel voted in favour of Nadine Dorries' Sex Education (Required Content) "10 minute" Bill[2]. The Bill stated that "such education must include information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity"[3]. It was criticised for only applying to sex education for girls, not boys, with critics also pointing to evidence that abstinence-only sex education (which does not necessarily lead to abstinence itself) does not protect young people from unwanted pregnancies or STIs[4] (although this was not a bill advocating abstinence-only sex education, it would have meant that the only required elements of sex education would be basic information on reproduction[5], plus this new content on abstinence, with further content being up to the individual school)[6]. The Bill passed its first reading by 67 votes to 61, but had little chance of becoming law and was withdrawn in January 2012 shortly before its second reading[7].

Same-Sex Marriage

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

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20131021123747/http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/integrated-healthcare.htm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110504/debtext/110504-0001.htm#stpa_o51
  3. http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-12/sexeducationrequiredcontent.html
  4. http://www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com/?p=2325
  5. http://www.drpetra.co.uk/blog/what-do-we-want-from-sex-and-relationships-education/
  6. http://educationforchoice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/abstain-from-abstinence-please-dorries.html
  7. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/20/nadine-dorries-sexual-abstinence-bill-withdrawn
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Priti_Patel
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Priti_Patel

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