Esther McVey

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Esther McVey was the Conservative MP for Wirral West from 2010 until she lost the seat at the 2015 general election.

Wirral Holistic Care Services

In box on her old blog titled "Community Involvement"[1], Esther was described as "a patron of Wirral Holistic Therapeutic Cancer Care" as well as a supporter of a number of other medical organisations. The current (April 2014) Wirral Holistic Care Services website confirms her position as a patron[2].

Wirral Holistic Care Services is an organisation that aims "to provide patients with a caring, therapeutic support service through a wide range of complementary therapies that will help them regain the inner strength and self-belief to approach their cancer treatment with confidence". The organisation's website claims "complementary therapy is effective in treating post-operative pain, phobias, addictions, sports injuries, organic disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, digestion problems, asthma, poor circulation etc), stress-related illnesses and postural problems."[3]

The WHCS website lists as therapies: acupuncture, aromatherapy, autogenic training, Bowen therapy, counselling, healing, hypnotherapy, massage, meditation, reflexology, reiki, shiatsu, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machines, and therapeutic touch[4].

Homeopathy

Writing in response to communication from a constituent asking her to sign amended EDMs 284A1, 285A1, 286A1 and 287A1, all against the use of homeopathy on the NHS, McVey wrote:

I am aware of the ongoing debate surrounding the practicalities and funding of homeopathy in the NHS, and I understand your concerns.
Given that the Coalition Government has inherited the largest deficit in our peacetime history, we need to take urgent action on deficit reduction reduction. This means making savings in a number of areas, which may include the funding of homeopathic treatments on the NHS.
As you know, the various issues regarding the use of homeopathy in the NHS was all raises by the Science and Technology Committee’s report Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy. The Government are currently considering the report, including the issue mentioned, and will respond to it in due course.
Until there is further evidence and greater debate on this issue, I will not be signing EDM284A1, EDM285A1, EDM 286A1 and EDm 287A1 at this time.[5]

Health

In 2010, Esther McVey was one of the MPs to nominate Nadine Dorries for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee.[6]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Esther McVey signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[7], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[8]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

Same-Sex Marriage

Esther McVey voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[9] and its third reading in May 2013[10].

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20090815063147/http://esther2009.wordpress.com/
  2. http://www.wirralholistic.org.uk/index.php/trustees
  3. http://www.wirralholistic.org.uk/index.php/faq
  4. http://www.wirralholistic.org.uk/
  5. http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/2010/06/call-to-action-homeopathy-early-day-motions/#comment-3774
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Committee-Commons-Nominees.pdf
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Esther_McVey
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Esther_McVey

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