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Sir Peter Bottomley
Member of Parliament for Worthing West

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WORTHING HERALD 26TH FEBRUARY 2015

Human Fertilisation and Embryology  Members Votes:  382 Ayes & 128 Noes

Except from an edited email exchange between Sir Peter and a constituent dated 4th February 2015

‘...I am more than disappointed that you were among those who voted in favour of this legislation. While I feel deeply for parents who risk having children with serious inherited traits, this is yet another piece of legislation from which there is no turning back- another bit of potentially 'Pandora's Box' legislation that sees the 'conservative' Government throw caution to the winds, unable to wait even until a large majority of scientists say caution is unnecessary…'

Sir Peter’s response:

‘...Some parents and their children will share more fully in God's Kingdom. 
Countless people have had their lives saved or improved by the platelets including my own, given regularly, or whole blood at ten week intervals now. 
There may be one or two people walking with sight rather than with a white stick because my brother's eye corneas were gifted or because another’s liver or kidney was donated. 
May I commend to you one paragraph in column 165 of the debate where Dr Julian Huppert (LD) said nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA have completely different origins. Different genetic code. Not related. 
Research in this field has been progressing for 15 years. In 2008 we allowed the regulators to enable replacement. After three years of consultation and review, Parliament allows these donation techniques. 
If you are still kindly reading, I end by saying, I understand that the free gift of my vote to help others may lead to the withdrawal of your support. 
The Archbishop of Canterbury is presently speaking to others and to me for the second time today. The first was on religious liberty.  Now he has just said we should use our talents well and fairly. 
You need not worry as to how you vote, it is as usual a secret ballot.  If re-elected, I shall represent your interests and those of all my constituents in the best way I can. 
I wish you well.'
Peter B


Read full debate on Hansard:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm150203/debtext/150203-0002.htm#15020348000156

Church of England: Women Bishops:
 

As a member of Parliament's Ecclesiastical Committee, I am delighted by the decision of the Church of England to remove the block on selecting women bishops. Good women could have made the Church even better if they
had been able to be ordained sooner.  They now have the opportunity to do so.  
More:     http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140320/halltext/140320h0001.
htm#14032058000128

High Speed Rail Committee:

When Major infrastructure projects are estestablished, there is rigorous impartial scrutiny on behalf of the people affected. Part of my parliamentary service is sitting on the High Speed Two Rail Link Committee. We visit the villages and listen to people directly affected. We discuss ways to alleviate potential disturbance and distress due to the construction.  This role is time consuming. It is part of the serious work done in Parliament that is rarely broadcast by media.

Good news on A27

After many years of campaigning, the Government has announced that £350 million will be committed to much needed improvements to the A27 - a road which has been too bad for too long.  The funding of improvements to the A27 should tackle severe congestion at Arundel, Worthing and Lewes. The extent and scale of the improvements, including the option of full dualling, are to be agreed in consultation with West Sussex County Council and with the public.

EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGNING

It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling from individual constituients on matters important to them.

I prefer to respond to consituients direct but the sheer size of postal campaigns means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of mass campaign correspondence.

My small dedicated team and I try to responds to messages from individual constituents who want advice and/or need help, often with urgent matters.  Receiving up to 200 near identical emails for each campaign makes it more probable that we fail.

If a group like 38 Degrees suggest you write to me, please understand that they themselves will have written to me directly on your behalf, and I would have responded.

You may have noticed that if you respond to them direct, they are too busy to respond to your message.

Extended GP Opening Hours

I have been liaising with local GPs and other interested bodies to discuss the Government’s new plans to extend GPs’ opening hours. Worthing could be among the first in the country to implement the changes.  Following my recent visit to the Worthing Medical Group at Shelley Road, I had the chance to see first-hand the excellent work GPs are doing locally and to hear of stories about the challenges they face and how the plans will affect them.

Evening Standard

My letter on beating drink drivers:

The best way to beat drink-drivers – my letter in The Evening Standard
We know there are three effective ways to reduce road deaths from over-the-limit drink-driving: every host should offer alcohol-free drinks; every passenger should choose an alcohol-free drink; and every person who drinks and might drive a vehicle should decide in advance which to do each day.
In 25 years the annual drink-drive death total has fallen by about three-quarters — 1,000 a year — without changes to the law, policing or penalties. Instead of the fantasy that lowering the legal limit would at once reduce the 40 deaths a year associated with lower-limit dangerous drivers, let us raise awareness of how to continue reducing the miserable consequences of the remaining illegal drink-driving: 230 deaths each year.





NATO:

As British parliamentary representative at the NATO Assembly,
I meet with politicians and officials from many troubled parts of
the world. Syria to Afghanistan to the Congo or Ukraine: one task
of politics and ofpolitical service is to seek respect for the rule of
law and for democracyhere and everywhere. Fair trade, together
with charitable and official aid, matters too.