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UK Against Fluoridation

Monday, September 19, 2016

UK - Fourth member of Parliament's standards committee facing investigation for breaching rules

Laura Hughes, political correspondent
18 SEPTEMBER 2016 • 9:31PM
Sir Paul Beresford A fourth member of Parliament's standards committee is facing an investigation on suspicion of breaching House of Commons rules, raising more questions over the right of MPs to police themselves.

The investigation into Tory MP Sir Paul Beresford means that almost half of the MPs on the committee are being probed or have been investigated in the past 12 months.

Sir Paul, a dentist, is facing an official investigation by Kathryn Hudson, the Standards Commissioner, after she received a complaint alleging that he had not declared links to the British Flouridation Society.

Sir Paul was vice chairman of the society, a group which campaigns for the addition of flouride to Britain's drinking water, for some years.

Earlier this year Sir Paul spoke in the House of Commons in favour of the promotion of oral fluoride for children "until such time as the water supply in the area in which the children live is fluoridated."

He has also called for a "national oral health programme" to distribute fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushes to children at nursery and in the first year of primary school.

He did not declare his historic link to the society. Sir Paul told The Telegraph that the role was unpaid and he stepped down from it some time ago.

Sir Paul said it was a "nominal" error and that he was unaware they had used his name on their letterheads or that the society considered him to be its vice chairman.

Parliamentary rules prohibit MPs from using Commons resources to “confer any undue personal or financial benefit on themselves or anyone else”.

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