Andrew Dismore

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Andrew Dismore is the Labour member of the London Assembly for Barnet and Camden, having taken the seat from Brian Coleman (Conservative) at the May 2012 elections. He was previously was the Labour MP for Hendon from 1997 until 2010, when he lost the seat to Matthew Offord (Conservative).

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Healthcare

Homeopathy

Dismore signed Early Day Motion 1240 calling for the positive recognition of homeopathic hospitals.[1]

In 2009 it was reported that Dismore claimed £34,000 in second home expenses for a west London flat, which houses his girlfriend’s homeopathy surgery, while designating a property just a few miles away in his north London constituency as his main home. Dismore was urged to step down from his role at the Committee on Standards and Privileges by Sir Alistair Graham, the former chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.[2]

Following the publication of the House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy" in February 2010, Dismore seconded Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report[3].

Herbal Medicines

Andrew Dismore 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)[4], EDM 2080: Herbal Remedies (2008)[5], and EDM 295: Statutory Registration of Herbalists (2009)[6].

Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Andrew Dismore voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[7].

MMR Vaccine

Andrew Dismore 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.[8]

Science Education

Creationism

Dismore signed Early Day Motion 2708 calling for schools to treat with caution creationist literature sent by the religious group 'Truth in Science'.[9]

Charles Darwin

Andrew Dismore 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."

Libel Law Reform

In December 2009, Andrew Dismore signed Early Day Motion 423 calling for a reform of the English libel law[10]. 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".

Climate Change

In January 2010, Andrew Dismore 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"[11].

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/6632237/MPs-expenses-ethics-MP-faces-call-to-step-down-over-65000-allowances.html
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/1103
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/2080
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/295
  7. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  9. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  10. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524

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