Stuart Bell

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Stuart Bell was the Labour MP for Middlesbrough from 1983 until his death in October 2012.

In 1997 Bell was appointed by Tony Blair as the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the spokesman for the Church of England in the House of Commons. Stuart Bell was also one of fifteen MPs appointed to the Ecclesiastical Committee,[1] which considers measures passed by the General Synod of the Church of England.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Stuart Bell voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 20 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[2]. 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.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/ecclesiastical_committee/ecclesiastical_committee_members.cfm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm

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