Theresa Villiers

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Theresa Villiers is the Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet, first elected in 2005. From 1999 until 2005 she was an MEP for London.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Theresa Villiers voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Theresa Villiers 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[2]. 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[3]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[4]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Same-sex marriage

Ms Villiers voted for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February 2013[5] and May 2013[6]. This was in line with the Conservative leadership, however it was a free vote and in each case a small majority of Conservatives voted against the bill.



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