Simon Burns’ background and voting record

Simon Burns has been an MP for Chelmsford and West Chelmsford. He entered Parliament in 1987.

He has served as a shadow health minister, health committee member and shadow minister for public services, health and education.

Health-related votes

  • Voted for an amendment to reduce the upper limit for abortions from 24 week to 22 weeks  
  • Voted for an amendment to strengthen laws to make IVF clinics consider the ‘need for a father and a mother’ before allowing women to begin fertility treatment 
  • Voted for an amendment against the relaxation of laws governing the circumstances in which children genetically matched to a sibling with a genetic disease can be generated by IVF 
  • Voted for a backbench amendment calling for a ban on all hybrid embryos
  • Voted for an amendment to remove references to foundation hospitals from the health and social care bill
  • Did not vote on an amendment opposing the creation of foundation hospitals