Tory MP claims £510 of public money for astrology software
Lib Dem Voice reports that David Tredinnick MP (Bosworth, Majority 5,139), a longtime advocate of pseudo-medicine (sorry, “complementary and alternative medicine”), claimed £510 on Parliamentary expenses for a piece of astrology software – £210 for the CD and £300 for a training course in how to use it.
Tredinnick argues that this was essential preparation for a Parliamentary debate on alt-med, and that the fees office approved it (now there’s a surprise). He is also keen to emphasise that he supports the publication of expense claims, saying that “People expect transparency and we should have recognised that some time ago.”
Interestingly, according to Theyworkforyou.com, while Tredinnick is keen to push the boundaries of science when it comes to unproven and untested quack cures, he has never cast a vote one way or the other on climate change. He did, however, manage to turn up to vote in favour of the Iraq war, and against efforts to introduce a more transparent Parliament.
Tredinnick was also one of 20 Tories among the 98 MPs who famously attempted to exempt their expense claims from scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Act.