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| 29th February 2008 | Modified: 17th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 24 times | Liked 0 times

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29th February 2008

Bishop urges "Free vote"   on Embryology Bill

The Bishop of Paisley, Bishop Philip Tartaglia has this week written to Prime Minster Gordon brown urging him to allow Labour MP's a free vote on the forthcoming Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the House of Commons.

In his letter Archbishop Tartaglia says the Bill raises " deeply ethical and moral questions, (which) cannot be properly addressed by means of the party line" and he suggests that it would be a distortion of democracy if MP's were not able to vote according to their consciences.

The full text of the letter is shown below.

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Note to Editors:
The Diocese of Paisley has posted a number of resources on its website to assist individuals wishing to campaign against the Bill, including a link to an online petition: http://www.paisleydiocese.org.uk/

Online petition: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/HybridEmbryos/

26th February 2008  
 
 
Right Hon. Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister
10 Downing St.
London SW1A 2AA                                                                        
 
 
Dear Prime Minister,
 
I am writing to you to ask you to allow a free vote among Labour Party Members of Parliament following the forthcoming debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the House of Commons.
 
This Bill aims to introduce measures which bear directly on the nature and dignity of the human life. These measures raise deeply ethical and moral questions, and cannot be properly addressed by means of the party line.
 
Democracy itself is surely distorted if MPs are forced to vote against their consciences.  
 
So for the sake of the dignity of human life and for the sake of the moral integrity of our democracy, I ask you to allow a free vote among Labour Party Members of Parliament. I hope you will make a decision on this matter soon.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
+Philip Tartaglia
Bishop of Paisley

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