Zac Goldsmith

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Zac Goldsmith was the Conservative MP for Richmond Park from 2010 until 2016, when he resigned and stood for re-election as an Independent candidate, losing to Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat).

Environment

Zac Goldsmith is the author of "The Constant Economy"[1], described as "a programme for action: a ten-point plan for turning Britain around and moving it in the right direction. It looks at the key environmental problems we face as a nation, and provides workable, practical solutions."

June 2010 video interview: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2012/jun/06/zac-goldsmith-video-interview

Climate Change

Zac Goldsmith was a listed member of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group whose purpose is "To raise awareness of the threat of climate change and to promote policies to counter that threat".[2]

Fluoridation of Water

Mr Goldsmith previously had an article on his website titled "Fluoride in our Water - No Thanks"[3] in which he made numerous statements about possible health risks of fluoride.

February 2008 article in The Independent by Mr Goldsmith: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/healthy-living/is-fluoride-safe-5915685.html

[Wanted: Links or information about the validity of these claims.]

Animal Experimentation

Mr Goldsmith has an article on his website about his position on various aspects of animal welfare[4]. He includes the following statement about animal experimentation:

"I believe non-medical animal experimentation should stop and that medical experimentation needs to be greatly reduced, as other methods are developed. The science is unreliable, which is one reason we have so many dangerous products on the market."

Use of Antibiotics

In July 2014 Mr Goldsmith proposed EDM 247: Use of Antibiotics in Intensive Farming. The motion stated:

"That this House recognises that the overuse of antibiotics in intensive farming adds to the serious public health threat from antibiotic resistance and the rise of superbugs; welcomes the Government's efforts to reduce over-prescribing by doctors; calls for parallel action to reduce the use of antibiotics by veterinary surgeons and farmers; and further calls on the Government to take steps to ensure that the routine prophylactic use of antibiotics on UK farms is phased out and that specific controls are introduced on the use in livestock of antibiotics that are critically important in human medicine."[5]

Genetically Modified Crops

October 2013 article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/24/owen-paterson-minister-gm-hype

Sense About Science

In January 2010 Goldsmith wrote a blog post titled "Sense About Science?"[6] (also available as a Comment is Free article for The Guardian titled "So much for 'Sense' About Science"[7]). In it he wrote that:

"Every few months, an organisation called Sense About Science issues a pamphlet that makes fun of celebrities getting their science wrong. It is full of what it regards to be false assertions by celebrities about the benefits of homeopathy and so on, and ends with an offer by the organisation to act as a fact-checking service."
...
"Sense About Science is much more than an innocent fact-checking service. It is a spin-off of a bizarre political network that began life as the ultra-left Revolutionary Communist Party and switched over to extreme corporate libertarianism when it launched Living Marxism magazine in the late eighties. LM campaigned against, among other things, banning child pornography."

Mobile Phone Masts

A March 2011 news item on Goldsmith's website noted that he welcomed a local Council's rejection of plans for a mobile phone mast "citing unknown health risks and the presence of several nearby schools".[8]

Same-Sex Marriage

Zac Goldsmith voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[9] and its third reading in May 2013[10].

Mitochondrial Donation

In February 2015 Zac Goldsmith voted against allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease[11]. If allowed, mitochondrial donation would be regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) meaning that there would be ongoing assessment of the safety and efficacy of such procedures. An October 2014 briefing report by the HFEA, which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe[12]. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed[13]. The majority of MPs voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation.

Raif Badawi

In June 2015 Mr Goldsmith signed Early Day Motion 113: Case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, which called the punishment of Raif Badawi "cruel and inhumane", expressed strong support for "his right to freedom of expression and that of all Saudi Arabian citizens" and caled on the Government "to strongly condemn the use of this barbaric punishment and to press King Salman bin Abdulaziz to grant Mr Badawi clemency"[14].

References

  1. http://www.theconstanteconomy.com/
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20150502061628/http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/climate-change.htm
  3. http://www.zacgoldsmith.com/where-do-i-stand/flouride/
  4. http://www.zacgoldsmith.com/zacs-record-on-animal-welfare/ (FreezePage)
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/247
  6. http://constanteconomy.blogspot.com/2010/01/sense-about-science.html
  7. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/05/sense-about-science-celebrity-observations
  8. http://www.zacgoldsmith.com/north-worple-way-mast-rejected/ (FreezePage)
  9. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=Zac_Goldsmith
  10. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=Zac_Goldsmith
  11. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2015-02-03&number=147&mpn=Zac_Goldsmith
  12. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/docs/2014-10-01_Mitochondrial_donation__an_introductory_briefing_note_-_final.pdf
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31063500
  14. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/113

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