Derek Wyatt

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Derek Wyatt was the Labour MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey until standing down in 2010.

Homeopathy

Derek Wyatt was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[1].

In February 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Wyatt signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[2]. In response to enquiries about his signing of the EDMI, he claimed that he and his family had found homeopathy a better solution than Western medicine.

Libel Law Reform

In December 2009, Derek Wyatt signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[3]. The motion noted that human rights activists, scientists, writers and journalists are currently prevented from publishing, and the public prevented from reading, matters of strong public interest due to the chilling effect of the law.

The motion was tabled following the recent formation of Libel Reform Coalition, which has the backing of Index on Censorship, English PEN and Sense about Science. Sense about Science have been campaigning in defense of a member of its board of trustees, author and journalist Simon Singh, who has been sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association. They issued a statement entitled "The law has no place in scientific disputes".

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423

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