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    Roll of shame: MPs who back homeopathy fan David Tredinnick for chair of Commons Health Committee

    8 June 2015

    David Tredinnick is an Old Etonian Tory MP whom I met when he was a mature student at Oxford. He seemed a nice enough chap but we were all astonished when he was elected to Parliament. He struck us as a bear of very little brain.

    How unfair to bears that turned out to be. Tredinnick, who – incredibly – sits on the Commons Health Select Committee, believes that astrology works and, according to the Telegraph, that a full moon can cause internal bleeding. And, it goes without saying, he supports the cult of homeopathy, which puts lives at risk with its idiot doctrines.

    To quote the world-renowned scientist Lord Winston, ‘Let me say firmly: I think his views are lunatic’.

    Now Tredinnick has been nominated as the chair of the Health Committee. And here are the MPs who support him, listed on Parliament’s own website:

    Nominated by (own party)

    Sir William Cash, Sir Gerald Howarth, Dr Poulter, Crispin Blunt, James Gray, John Howell, James Berry, Robert Neill, Alex Shelbrooke, Daniel Kawczynski, Mr Philip Hollobone, Philip Davies, Glyn Davies, Iain Stewart, Mr Peter Bone

    Nominated by (other parties)

    Grahame Morris, Hywel Williams, Jim Shannon, Huw Irranca-Davies

    I wonder how they would react if, diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, they were offered one of the sugar pills in which Tredinnick places such faith?