To celebrate the day of Gordon Brown’s retirement ahem I mean the British General Election, I present a list of my favourite British Members of Parliament. This however not being your usual type of blog but one dedicated to alternative methods of thinking, I have decided to honour those who can be most relied upon to support alternative and holistic methods of healthcare. My methodology has been to search through every “early day motion” regarding homeopathy that was put down during the last Parliament, and to whittle down who signed the most of them. (An “Early Day Motion” is a kind of petition of MPs, used to indicate the levels of support for a given issue.) There were seven such motions in total. The results in reverse order are as follows:
Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South. Likes animals. Joint 4th place with a score of 6/7
Labour MP for Islington North. Very hard Left – he deserves to pick up extra kudos for winning the Beard of the Year Award in 2001, in protest against New Labour. Joint 4th place with a score of 6/7.
Labour MP for Finchley and Golders Green. Fairly left wing. Is facing an uphill struggle this election because his seat is so marginal. Joint 1st with a score of 7 out of 7.
Labour MP for Nottingham South. Hard left – but standing down this election. NB: he decided to do so before the expenses scandal. When Sir Thomas Legg asked him to repay £500, Simpson threatened to take him to court. Joint 1st with a score of 7/7.
Conservative MP for Hinckley and Bosworth. Tredinnick deserves special mention for the fact that when other MPs were claiming second houses on their expenses, he was claiming astrology software (he has since paid all the money back). This sounds like my kind of politician! What a shame I don’t actually live in Leicestershire or I would vote for him myself.
So good luck to all these gentlemen – or, in the case of Alan Simpson, happy retirement, or in the case of Rudi Vis (as unfortunately seems likely), commiserations.