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Hon. Members And Conscience Votes

EDM number 1981 in 2007-08, proposed by Andrew Mackinlay on 08/07/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Medical ethics, Members of Parliament and Parliament.

That this House notes recent calls for the Government to respect the consciences of individual hon. Members and to allow a free vote at Report Stage and Third Reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill; considers that these calls are irrelevant, since no Whip, Prime Minister or prelate can tell an hon. Member what to think; considers that an hon. Member's conscience is precisely that, namely the exclusive property of the holder; recognises that ultimately every vote is a free vote; and believes that there are occasions in the life of every hon. Member, including senior Ministers and those wishing to be senior Ministers, when all have to make a choice between making a stand on principle and deciding to buckle or trim.

This motion has been signed by a total of 20 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Andrew MacKinlay08/07/2008ThurrockLabourProposed
Paul Flynn09/07/2008Newport WestLabourSeconded
Peter Bottomley09/07/2008Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Mike Hancock09/07/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSeconded
Ronnie Campbell09/07/2008Blyth ValleyLabourSeconded
Lindsay Hoyle09/07/2008ChorleyLabourSeconded
Rudi Vis09/07/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
David Drew10/07/2008StroudLabourSigned
Robert Wareing14/07/2008Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSigned
Bill Etherington14/07/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham14/07/2008Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned
Graham Brady14/07/2008Altrincham and Sale WestConservativeSigned
Gregory Campbell15/07/2008East LondonderryDUPSigned
David Simpson16/07/2008Upper BannDUPSigned
John Leech16/07/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Neil Gerrard17/07/2008WalthamstowLabourSigned
Alan Simpson17/07/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Greg Pope21/07/2008HyndburnLabourSigned
Vincent Cable22/07/2008TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
David Crausby08/10/2008Bolton North EastLabourSigned

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