March 27, 2008


Church wins battle over embryo Bill (Andrew Porter, 26/03/2008, Daily Telegraph)

Edward Heath once asked "Who governs Britain?" Some Labour MPs are now asking themselves the same question.

Some are arguing the Catholic Church seems to hold inordinate sway following Gordon Brown's climbdown over granting a free vote over the morally contentious clauses in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

The Prime Minister has spent weeks telling MPs the Bill will not be granted a free, conscience vote. He warned it was a Government Bill, a key plank of Labour's legislative programme and therefore Labour MPs and ministers would not be allowed to vote against it.

In the face of a fierce Easter onslaught by significant figures in the Catholic Church, Mr Brown has been forced to think again.

Catholic Labour MPs who have concerns on three controversial clauses will now be able to vote against, a major shift and a significant victory for the Catholic lobby.

Thank you, Polish plumbers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2008 10:08 AM
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