It’s been brought to my attention that MP David Tredinnick has recently tabled some Early Day Motions (EDMs) supporting the pseudoscience known as “homeopathy”. Intrigued, I looked further. This is what I found:
- He was once a Parliamentary Private Secretary, but was forced to resign and was suspended for 20 days after he was found to have accepted a £1000 bribe to ask questions in Parliament, popularly known as the Cash for questions affair.
- He is a supporter of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), speaking in Parliament on homeopathy (making claims for its effectiveness), chiropractic and the influence of the Moon on blood clotting. In this same debate he characterised scientists as "racially prejudiced".
- He tried to claim the £125 cost of attending a course on "intimate relationships" through his Parliamentary expenses. He was also found to have used expenses to purchase astrology software, claiming it was for a debate on alternative medicine
- He was among 98 MPs who voted to exempt themselves from the Freedom of Information Act, ending the compulsory legal requirement for MPs to disclose their expenses. The move was later overturned by the House of Lords.
Skeptical Voter at http://skeptical-voter.org/wiki/index.php?title=David_Tredinnick has this to say about him:
David Tredinnick MP is perhaps the worst example of scientific illiteracy in government. His questions in parliament have promoted homeopathy, radionics (healing via a kind of psychic remote control) and astrology. He has been involved in campaigns to promote herbalism. He has been described by some MPs as the "Right Hon. Member for Holland and Barrett".
People voted for this guy?