Jeremy Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn is the Labour MP for Islington North.

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].

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)[6], EDM 1549: Herbal Clinic at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (2008)[7], EDM 2080: Herbal Remedies (2008)[8], and EDM 295: Statutory Registration of Herbalists (2009)[9].

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[10].

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. [11]

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"[12].

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".[13]

Libel Law Reform

In February 2010, Jeremy Corbyn signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[14]. 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[15] and its third reading in May 2013[16].

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.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1103
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1549
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/2080
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/295
  10. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/1635
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
  13. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  14. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  15. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Jeremy_Corbyn
  16. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Jeremy_Corbyn

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