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Leech was placed at number 8 in political blogger Dizzy's March 2009 list of "EDM Signature Whores", for signing 639 Early Day Motions compared to fewer than 100 for a typical MP in the same period.
In March 2010, following the publication of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy", Leech signed Early Day Motion 908: Science and Technology Committee Report on Homeopathy, which was critical of the report. However, by 10th April he had removed his signature from the Motion.
In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), John Leech voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
John Leech 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
John Leech 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, John Leech 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".
In response to an inquiry from a constituent, Leech wrote:
- "It is indeed absurd that the right to free speech in this country is subject to libel tourists and the might of corporations with their ability to obtain injunctions to silence those who speak out. It is absolutely bizarre that litigants are coming to England from all over the world to make use of our restrictive libel laws."
In January 2010, John Leech 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".
In October 2010, John Leech 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".
In May 2013 Mr Leech proposed EDM 30: Alan Turing - http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/30
- ↑ http://dizzythinks.net/2009/03/edm-signature-whores-200809.html
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/908
- ↑ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/423
- ↑ http://skepchick.org/blog/2010/01/libel-reform-which-mps-are-doing-their-jobs/
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2009-10/524
- ↑ http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
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