Lib Dem MPs divide on embryology bill free vote

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2008

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill passed the House of Commons easily this week, 355 to 129. The Bill’s measures include allowing scientists to produce human-animal “hybrid embryos” for stem cells, use of “saviour siblings” to provide bone marrow or umbilical cord tissue for treating genetic conditions, as well as making it easier for lesbians and single women to access NHS fertilisation services and allowing a lesbian or gay couple to be named on the birth certificate as the legal parents of their children.

The Lib Dems made it a free vote, and 16 MPs voted against the Bill at third reading, according to Public Whip:

Alan Beith, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Vincent Cable, Twickenham
Mike Hancock, Portsmouth South
David Heath, Somerton & Frome
John Hemming, Birmingham, Yardley
Mark Hunter, Cheadle
Charles Kennedy, Ross, Skye & Lochaber
Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West
John Pugh, Southport
Alan Reid, Argyll & Bute
Daniel Rogerson, North Cornwall
Paul Rowen, Rochdale
Bob Russell, Colchester
Andrew Stunell, Hazel Grove
Sarah Teather, Brent East
Steve Webb, Northavon

30 Lib Dems voted in favour of the legislation, including Nick Clegg, Simon Hughes and Chris Huhne.