David Lidington

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David Lidington is the Conservative MP for Aylesbury. He entered Parliament at the 1992 general election.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), David Lidington voted for the abortion time limit to be lowered to 12 weeks against scientific and medical consensus which is currently 24 weeks[1]. 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.

Mr Lidington 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. 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.[2]


In 1994 David Lidington introduced and promoted the Chiropractors Bill as a private members bill. This bill was eventually passed as the Chiropractors Act 1994[3] and is described as follows:

An Act to establish a body to be known as the General Chiropractic Council; to provide for the regulation of the chiropractic profession, including making provision as to the registration of chiropractors and as to their professional education and conduct; to make provision in connection with the development and promotion of the profession; to amend, and make provision in connection with, the Osteopaths Act 1993; and for connected purposes.[3]

On his blog profile Lidington describes the passing of this bill as his "proudest political achievement", and states that "I believe that this piece of legislation has made a real difference to many people’s lives"[4].

Same-Sex Marriage

David Lidington voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[5] and its third reading in May 2013[6].


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110907/debtext/110907-0002.htm#110907-0002.htm_div339
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1994/ukpga_19940017_en_1
  4. http://davidlidington.wordpress.com/about/
  5. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=David_Lidington
  6. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=David_Lidington

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