Reported Stance on Section 28
It was stated in a 2002 profile of Dr Taylor on the BBC News website that he "backs section 28 on preventing local councils promoting homosexuality". However, on 10th March 2003, in the vote in which Section 28 was repealed, Taylor in fact voted in favour of repeal.
In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Richard Taylor voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In November 2006, in a House of Commons debate on Health and Education, David Tredinnick had spoken at length on the benefits of various forms of alternative medicine. Dr Taylor started his contribution (worth reading in its entirety for his discussion of NICE and other issues) by stating:
- "It is a pleasure to follow David Tredinnick and I can reassure him that in the cancer units that I know, acupuncture, aromatherapy and reflexology are routinely used. However, I have to take issue with him about irritable bowel syndrome. The manoeuvres that he mentioned—colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy—are not part of the treatment. They are necessary in the diagnostic work-up, before one can begin to treat irritable bowel syndrome, because it is a diagnosis of exclusion."
Power Lines and Leukaemia
In 2007, Dr Taylor signed Early Day Motion 1784: Childhood Leukaemia and SAGE (Power Lines).
Richard Taylor signed the February 2009 Early Day Motion 754: MMR Vaccine and the Media supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.
Policymaking On Drugs And Alcohol
Richard Taylor signed Early Day Motion 2244 calling for Government policy on alcohol and drugs misuse and harm to be based on scientific evidence. The motion came shortly after the sacking of Government drug adviser David Nutt by Home Secretary Alan Johnson in 2009.
Libel Law Reform
In December 2009, Richard Taylor signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law. 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".
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