Stuart Andrew

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Stuart Andrew is the Conservative MP for Pudsey. He entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the previous MP, Paul Truswell (Labour), having stepped down.

TheyWorkForYou questionnaire responses from 2010: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/person/12753/stuart-andrew

Abortion

Asked in September 2008 whether he thought the 24-week limit on abortion should be reduced, Mr Andrew replied:

"I do believe in a woman's right to choose but the advance in medical technology means I think we do need a reduction to 22 weeks."[1]

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[2] had looked at issues including foetal viability, experience of pain, and harm to the mother. It had found no good evidence of any change since the 24-week limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that the science 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.

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Stuart Andrew 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[3]. 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[4]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[5]. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

LGBT Rights

Mr Andrew is a patron of LGBTory[6]. He voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its Second Reading in February 2013[7], and at its Third Reading in May 2013[8].

References

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/sep/04/conservatives20
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Stuart_Andrew
  4. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  6. http://www.lgbtory.co.uk/person/stuart-andrew-mp
  7. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Stuart_Andrew
  8. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Stuart_Andrew

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