Alan Simpson

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Alan Simpson was the Labour MP for Nottingham South until standing down in 2010.

Simpson was placed at number 5 in political blogger Dizzy's March 2009 list of "EDM Signature Whores", for signing 667 Early Day Motions compared to fewer than 100 for a typical MP in the same period[1].

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Religion

Creationism

Simpson signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[2]

Freedom of Religion

Alan Simpson signed the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1770 supporting freedom of religion and welcoming the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain[3].

Health and Medicine

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. [4]

Homeopathy

In 2003 Mr Simpson proposed EDM 643: Society of Homeopaths, which congratulated the Society of Homeopaths on its 25th anniversary and recognised "the crucial role professional homeopaths can play in reducing the burden on GPs at primary care level"[5].

Mr Simpson signed the March 2007 Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of NHS homeopathic hospitals[6].

Following the publication of the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy" in February 2010, Simpson seconded Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[7].

Herbal Medicines

Alan Simpson 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)[8], EDM 1549: Herbal Clinic at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (2008)[9], EDM 2080: Herbal Remedies (2008)[10], and EDM 295: Statutory Registration of Herbalists (2009)[11].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Alan Simpson voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[12].

Charles Darwin

Alan Simpson 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."

Policymaking On Drugs And Alcohol

Alan Simpson 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 January 2010, Alan Simpson signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[13]. 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.

Climate Change

In January 2010, Alan Simpson 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"[14].

References

  1. http://dizzythinks.net/2009/03/edm-signature-whores-200809.html
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1770
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2002-03/643
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1103
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1549
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/2080
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/295
  12. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  13. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  14. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524

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