Tony Baldry

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Tony Baldry was the Conservative MP for Banbury from 1983 until he stepped down at the 2015 general election.

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Tony Baldry voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks[1].

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007[2] had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this 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.

Mr Baldry voted for Nadine Dorries’s amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill on 7 September 2011, which was ultimately defeated by 368 to 118 votes[3]. This amendment would have stopped BPAS and Marie Stopes from providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies and allowed ‘independent’ counselling including that provided by faith-based organisations.

MMR Vaccine

Tony Baldry signed the February 2009 Early Day Motion 754: MMR Vaccine and the Media supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.[4]

Climate Change

In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Tony Baldry replied:

"Climate change isn't something that is going to happen it has begun already. The irreversible changes are occurring in our climate as concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rise. Tackling this problem will require action on an unprecedented scale. It also needs to be remembered that the consequences of Climate Change hit the poorest hardest. Developing countries are particularly vulnerable and lack the capacity and resources to adapt. Poor people are particularly vulnerable to climate change."[5]

In January 2010, Tony Baldry signed Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community"[6].

In his Register of Members' Interests entry[7], Baldry lists a number of positions within, and shareholdings in, various oil and energy companies. These include shareholdings in Carbon Registry Services Ltd.

Science Funding

In October 2010, Tony Baldry responded to a letter from a constituent concerning possible cuts to the UK science budget in the forthcoming spending review, and the "Science is Vital" campaign. Baldry wrote:

"I agree that Science is vital. So too are many other activities, such as:
  • Manufacturing;
  • Engineering;
  • Higher Education
"No-one disputes the importance of these activities. However, the overwhelming challenge for the present Government is dealing with the deficit."[8]

He also enclosed a copy of his speech from the previous month where he talked in general terms about dealing with the national debt[9].

Libel Law Reform

In March 2010, Tony Baldry signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[10]. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.

Same-Sex Marriage

Mr Baldry spoke in the Commons debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on 5th February 2013:

"I am confident that we are all created in the image of God, whether we be straight, gay, bisexual, or transsexual. We are all equally worthy in God’s sight and equally loved by God. I am also sure that we are and should be equally welcome at God’s table. But equalness does not always equate with being the same.
"For centuries, civilisations have recognised the value and importance to society of having an enduring and exclusive union between one man and one woman, not least for the raising and nurturing of children. That relationship is called marriage. The uniqueness of marriage is that it embodies the distinctiveness of men and women, so removing that complementarity from the definition of marriage is to lose any social institution where sexual difference is explicitly acknowledged."[11]

He voted against the Bill on that occasion[12], and did not vote at the third reading in May 2013[13].

References

  1. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2008-05-20&number=203&mpn=Tony_Baldry
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  5. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-what-mps-think--a-to-c-424376.html
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  7. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/tony_baldry/banbury#register
  8. http://astonhumanistsociety.blogspot.com/2010/10/science-is-vital-but-are-tory-mps.html
  9. http://www.tonybaldry.co.uk/2010/09/18/tony-baldry-makes-speech-at-bodicote-house/
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  11. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm130205/debtext/130205-0002.htm#ordayhd_4
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Tony_Baldry
  13. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Tony_Baldry

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