Ian Gibson

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Ian Gibson was the Labour MP for Norwich North. On 5 June 2009 he announced that he would stand down with immediate effect, triggering a by-election. He was succeeded by Conservative candidate Chloe Smith.

Electromagnetic Radiation and Health

Gibson was listed as being on the Board of Trustees of the EM Radiation Research Trust[1]. Andy Lewis of the Quackometer looked at the EM Radiation Research Trust in 2007: http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2007/05/wi-fi-quackery-and-parliament.html

Miracle Cures

In June 2008, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1770, protesting the uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value. [2]


Gibson signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[3]


Ian Gibson was one of 206 MPs to sign the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[4].

Science Research

Gibson proposed the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1134: Scientific Research expressing support for, and welcoming investment in, science and research.


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Ian Gibson voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[5].

Animals in Medical Research

In 2006, Ian Gibson seconded Early Day Motion 1850: Animals in Medical Research which noted that "animal research is only permitted where there is no better alternative and that pain and suffering are minimised and balanced against the potential benefit to humans and animals", supported "the building of the new state of the art biomedical research laboratory at Oxford University", condemned "unlawful animal rights extremism, including any violence, harassment or intimidation of those associated with lawful animal research", and supported "the well-regulated use of animals in medical research".[6]

External Links


  1. http://archive.radiationresearch.org/supporters.asp
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  5. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1850