Jeremy Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn is the Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Islington North.

Science Questions Response 2016

During the 2016 Labour leadership campaign, the group Scientists for Labour contacted the candidates with six questions on science and evidence based policy. Mr Corbyn's answers can he read at http://www.scientistsforlabour.org.uk/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:jeremy-corbyn-statement-on-science&catid=41:articles&Itemid=140

Science Statement 2015

During the 2015 Labour leadership campaign, the group Scientists for Labour contacted all the candidates on the topic of their policy ideas regarding science, engineering and technology. Mr Corbyn's reply can he read at http://www.scientistsforlabour.org.uk/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=137:jeremy-corbyn-leadership-candidate&catid=53:labour-party&Itemid=141

Healthcare

Homeopathy

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

Following the publication of the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy" in February 2010, Corbyn signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[2].

He was asked on Twitter why he had signed EDM 908[3]. He replied:

jeremycorbyn @leftoutside I believe that homeo-meds works for some ppl and that it compliments 'convential' meds. they both come from organic matter... (7:33 PM Mar 5th)[4]

In May 2011, Jeremy Corbyn signed Early Day Motion 1820 which welcomed a campaign to "place homeopathy research on the national agenda as a credible scientific field of inquiry" and called for the Government to facilitate research into homeopathy[5].

During the 2016 Labour leadership campaign, Mr Corbyn was asked by the group Scientists for Labour about the NHS "funding alternative and homeopathic medicine". He answered:

I don't support the NHS spending taxpayers’ money on medicine where it is not backed up by clear, scientific evidence as to its effectiveness.[6]

Herbal Medicines

Jeremy Corbyn has signed a number of Early Day Motions that support the use of herbal medicines. These include EDM 1103: Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (2005)[7], EDM 1549: Herbal Clinic at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (2008)[8], EDM 2080: Herbal Remedies (2008)[9], and EDM 295: Statutory Registration of Herbalists (2009)[10].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jeremy Corbyn voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[11].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Jeremy Corbyn voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to have genetically related children who would not inherit the disease[12]. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[13]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[14]. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.

Protection of the title of Doctor

In June 2009, the MP signed Early Day Motion 1635, a call for the protection of the title of doctor to avoid confusion caused by the use of the term doctor by practitioners of complementary medicine. [15]

Climate Change

In January 2010, Jeremy Corbyn signed Early Day Motion 524: Recognising Climate Change which states that "this House agrees that climate change is happening and is man-made" and calls this statement a "fact, which has the support of the overwhelming majority of the scientific community"[16].

In August 2015, during the Labour leadership campaign, Mr Corbyn was interviewed by the Greenpeace "Energydesk" news service on the topics of energy and climate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LcVU52b-KM

Mr Corbyn's "Protecting Our Planet" document for the 2015 Labour leadership campaign: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/jeremyforlabour/pages/119/attachments/original/1438938988/ProtectingOurPlanet_JeremyCorbyn.pdf

Saudi Arabia

In June 2013 Mr Corbyn wrote to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable, asking specifically about Prince Charles' visit to Saudi Arabia "to strengthen military relationships with a nation that in 2011 used British made armoured vehicles to suppress peaceful protests in Bahrain" and more generally about the sale of arms to nations that have been involved in human rights abuses: http://jeremycorbyn.org.uk/data/2015/04/Letter-to-Rt-Hon-Dr-Vince-Cable-PDF.docx1.pdf

In September 2015 Mr Corbyn wrote a letter to the Prime Minister raising the issues of Saudi Arabia's sentence of death by beheading of Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr for taking part in anti-government protests, and the Ministry of Justice's bid to provide services to the Saudi prisons system[17]. (For background on the MoJ deal with Saudi Arabia see the Jack of Kent blog.)

CEC Australia Interview 2015

In March 2015 Mr Corbyn contributed an interview to the Citizen's Electoral Council Australia conference "The World Land Bridge - Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards All Men"[18]. Mr Corbyn's interview dealt with economics and global politics. The CEC Australia, part of the LaRouche movement[19], has published material connecting Prince Charles with terrorist activity[20], calling climate change a fraud[21], suggesting the Queen was involved in the "assassination" of Princess Diana[22], suggesting 9/11 was an inside job[23], and linking Charles Darwin with eugenics[24].

Economic Policy

During the 2015 Labour leadership campaign Mr Corbyn published "The Economy in 2020": https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/jeremyforlabour/pages/70/attachments/original/1437556345/TheEconomyIn2020_JeremyCorbyn-220715.pdf

Commentary from economists:

Help wanted: This editor does not have enough knowledge of economics to know how credible the above articles are.

Charles Darwin

Jeremy Corbyn was one of 79 MPs who signed Early Day Motion 377 noting the achievements of Charles Darwin, and calling for Darwin's birthday to be designated a public holiday to honour "one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds."

Science Funding

In October 2010, Jeremy Corbyn signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth".[25]

Libel Law Reform

In February 2010, Jeremy Corbyn signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[26]. 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.

Same-Sex Marriage

Jeremy Corbyn voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[27] and its third reading in May 2013[28].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  3. http://twitter.com/leftoutside/status/9726587050
  4. http://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/10038528258
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/1820
  6. http://www.scientistsforlabour.org.uk/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=156:jeremy-corbyn-statement-on-science&catid=41:articles&Itemid=140
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1103
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1549
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/2080
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/295
  11. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  12. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Jeremy_Corbyn
  13. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  14. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  15. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/1635
  16. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34365856
  18. http://www.cecaust.com.au/2015conference/panel_01/03_uk/20150328_corbyn.html (FreezePage)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaELEAbEoug
  19. http://cecaust.com.au/main.asp?sub=info&id=aboutlhlandcec.htm
  20. http://cecaust.com.au/releases/2014_12_17_Sydney_Siege.html
  21. http://cecaust.com.au/main.asp?sub=global_warming&id=main.html (FreezePage)
  22. http://cecaust.com.au/releases/2015_02_19_Royal_Scandal.html (FreezePage)
  23. http://cecaust.com.au/pubs/pdfs/cv8n1.pdf
  24. http://cecaust.com.au/pubs/pdfs/cv7n5_Final.pdf
  25. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  26. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  27. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Jeremy_Corbyn
  28. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Jeremy_Corbyn

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