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General Election 2015


Durkan, Mark


The sitting MP Mark Durkan is standing for re-election.

This page shows how the sitting MP has voted on four issues since first being elected.

This reflects only votes which, in our view, are key indicators of the commitment of MPs on these issues. Selected Early Day Motions which your MP has supported are also listed at the bottom of this page (please scroll down).For information about the voting intentions of other candidates in your constituency, please click and send us an e-mail, putting the name of your constituency in the subject line. Alternatively, call SPUC HQ on 020 7091 7091.

Mark Durkan’s record on key votes:

On abortion has voted:

8 times with the pro-life lobby

2 times has either been absent or abstained

Never with the anti-life lobby

On protection of the human embryo has voted:

14 times with the pro-life lobby

Never has either been absent or abstained

Never with the anti-life lobby

On euthanasia has voted:

Never with the pro-life lobby

Never has either been absent or abstained

Never with the not pro-life lobby

On ‘same-sex marriage’ has voted:

5 times with the lobby defending traditional marriage

Once has either been absent or abstained

Twice with the lobby redefining marriage in law

Mark Durkan signed Early Day Motions on the following subjects:

590 (2014)

which supported legal marriage ceremonies for humanists.

38 (2010)

which called on the Chinese government to end forced abortion and sterilisation.

86 (2014)

which expressed concern about the Washington State Death With Dignity Act.

122 (2014)

which noted Robert Winston’s warnings on mitochondrial replacement techniques.

172 (2012)

which expressed support for hospice care across the UK.

250 (2012)

which called for more support for those born with deformities due to thalidomide.

293 (2012)

which called for no further attempts to relax the law on euthanasia or assisted suicide.

349 (2013)

which deplored so many repeat abortions, and called for breaches of the law to be prosecuted.

402 (2013)

which demanded that UK-funded aid agencies should facilitate abortion.

487 (2013)

which condemned Russian legislation opposing the promotion of LGBT relationships.

691 (2010)

which called for greater recognition of the loss suffered in stillbirths before 24 weeks.

807 (2010)

which noted the greater risk of underweight babies due to malnutrition of mothers.

869 (2010)

which opposed changes to the law on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia.

875 (2013)

which expressed concern about strains of antibiotic resistant STIs.

936 (2013)

which called for the sex of unborn babies to be recorded to monitor abortions for gender.

869 (2014)

which condemned compulsory abortion, infanticide and sterilisation in China.

978 (2014)

which expressed concern about gender selection abortions.

1050 (2014)

which expressed concern about gender selection abortions.

1086 (2013)

which paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI for his legacy.

1136 (2010)

which lauded Robert Edwards, promoter of lethal test-tube baby technique.

1158 (2014)

which opposed changes to the law on assisted suicide.

1231 (2014)

which expressed concern about the incineration of foetal remains by NHS trusts.

1329 (2011)

which called for more vaccinations for preventable illnesses for children.

1494A1 (2006)

which opposed euthanasia.

1622 (2011)

which called for a NICE consultation on abortion instead of the RCOG’s reports.

1732 (2008)

which called for SRE to be made a statutory part of PSHE.

1918 (2011)

which welcomed LIFE’s appointment to the D of H Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV.

2030 (2011)

which criticised the BBC for its stance on Lord Falconer's Commission .

2074 (2011)

which expressed concern over Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

2220 (2011)

which welcomed the San Jose Articles on the Status of the Unborn Child.

2237 (2011)

which criticised inaccurate UN reporting of abortion worldwide.

2485 (2006)

which opposed legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide.

2780 (2012)

which rejected the need for further legislation on assisted suicide.

2835 (2012)

called on the government to reject infanticide.

2837 (2012)

which expressed concern over abortions on the grounds of gender.

744 (2015)

which expressed concern about the mitochondrial donation regulations.

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