Sharon Hodgson

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Sharon Hodgson is the Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West. Prior to boundary changes at the 2010 general election she was MP for Gateshead East and Washington West.

Sharon Hodgson is one of fifteen MPs appointed to the Ecclesiastical Committee,[1] which considers measures passed by the General Synod of the Church of England.

Creationism

Hodgson signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[2]

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Sharon Hodgson voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[3].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Sharon Hodgson 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[4]. 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[5]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[6]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Christian Action, Research and Education (CARE)

April 2012: Ms Hodgson "I do not plan to take another intern through [the CARE] programme in the future." The CARE organisation, in addition to running an MP's intern scheme, has sponsored a "Gay Cure" event, and campaigned against equal rights for homosexuals: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/04/04/more-mps-distance-themselves-from-gay-cure-event-sponsors-internship-scheme/

Science Funding

In October 2010, Sharon Hodgson signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth".[7]

Same-Sex Marriage

Sharon Hodgson voted in favour of 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. http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/ecclesiastical_committee/ecclesiastical_committee_members.cfm
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Sharon_Hodgson
  5. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Sharon_Hodgson
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Sharon_Hodgson

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