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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 17:40 GMT 18:40 UK
David Tredinnick

Date of birth

19 January 1950

Political profile

David Tredinnick is an old style Conservative MP, being an Eton-educated former Guards officer, who has sat in the Commons since 1987.

However, his ambition for high office was thwarted by his role in one of the sleaze stories which helped to sink the Major government.

He accepted 1,000 from an undercover reporter to ask parliamentary questions about a fictitious drug.

He was obliged to resign from his role as a PPS and was suspended from the Commons for 20 sitting days. He has not sat on the frontbench since.

He is an orthodox Conservative loyalist, though he is more supportive of the European Union than many of his colleagues.

He has, however, carved himself a niche as the Commons' most enthusiastic supporter of complementary medicine.

He has wearied successive health secretaries with his persistent advocacy of any and all homeopathic remedies.

He has also supported their use in prisons and even suggested them as an aid in alleviating the foot and mouth crisis.

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