Stephen Doughty

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Stephen Doughty is the Labour Party MP for Cardiff South and Penarth. He was first elected in the 2012 by-election, after Alun Michael stood down to stand as a Police and Crime Commissioner candidate in South Wales.

Same-Sex Marriage

In January 2013, Mr Doughty spoke against a 10-minute bill introduced by Edward Leigh that sought to introduce an amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, due to be debated in February.[1]

Mr Doughty subsequently voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[2] and its third reading in May 2013[3].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Stephen Doughty 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.



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