Shailesh Vara

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Shailesh Vara is the Conservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Shailesh Vara voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 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, in keeping with scientific and medical consensus, hence no abortion amendments were added to the bill.

Breast Cancer Screening

Soon after entering Parliament in 2005 Shailesh Vara introduced a Private Members Bill to expand the age range for NHS breast cancer screenings from the current[2] 50–70 age range to 45–75. The bill was not supported by the Labour government and was talked out, never becoming legislation[3]. However, recent thoughts on breast cancer screening suggest the topic is a complex one, and routine (i.e. asymptomatic) screening of women under 50 is not necessarily beneficial.[4]

Same-Sex Marriage

Shailesh Vara voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[5] and its third reading in May 2013[6].



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