Science Party

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Science Party
Spokesperson Michael Brooks,
Sumit Paul-Choudhury
Founded April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)
Politics of United Kingdom
Political parties
Elections

The Science Party is a UK political party that was launched on April 20, 2010[1] by Michael Brooks, a science author, consultant to the New Scientist magazine and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Today Programme,[2] and Sumit Paul-Choudhury, an editor of New Scientist.[3]

A key goal in the Science Party manifesto is ensuring "that science, mathematics and engineering have sufficient funding, skills and political priority".

The Science Party challenged MP David Tredinnick in his constituency of Bosworth in the East Midlands,[4] winning 197 votes, 0.4% of the votes cast.

Michael Brooks points out that Tredinnick claimed £700 in his MP expenses for astrology software, which he repaid following media publicity. Tredinnick also led 70 MPs in a motion to ignore a House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report recommending the NHS to cease funding homeopathic treatments.

In criticising Tredinnick, Brooks also points to the cash-for-questions affair, where Tredinnick accepted a £1,000 payment from an under cover reporter for what was described as a consultancy service but which essentially involved raising a question before parliament, an act that has been described as accepting a bribe for interference in parliamentary proceedings. This scandal led to Tredinnick and one other MP being suspended from Parliament. Brooks also criticises Tredinnick for his MP's expense claim of £125 for attending a course on "intimate relationships".

Tredinnick defended his views on using astrology for medicine by saying "Systems of healthcare in India and China have linked medicine and astronomy for centuries. Are we really just dismissing their views?".[5]

Brooks describes Tredinnick as "a champion of pseudo-science and a hindrance to rational governance".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Highfield, Roger (April 20, 2010). "Tories and Lib Dems set out science policies". New Scientist. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Scientist to challenge Leicestershire MP at election over alternative medicines". Leicester Mercury. March 30, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Highfield, Roger (27 April 2010). "General Election 2010: why we need the Science Party". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  4. ^ http://exquisitelife.researchresearch.com/exquisite_life/2010/04/introducing-the-science-party.html Introducing the Science party
  5. ^ Brooks, Michael (March 30, 2010). "Taking a stand for science". The Guardian. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 

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