Fluoridation of drinking water: MP allegedly failed to declare an interest




Sir Paul Beresford MP, a member of Parliament’s standards committee is facing an investigation (Declaration of Financial Interests) on suspicion of breaching House of Commons rules.

A letterhead used in August


This MP, a senior figure in the dental profession, 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 Fluoridation Society (BFS). Beresford has been vice chairman of the BFS for some years.

fluoride-uk-mapThis pressure group advocates the addition of fluoride to the country’s drinking water, as only 10% of the population suffers this hazardous chemical onslaught at present – London and the South being happily fluoride free.

Earlier this year Sir Paul, who is also chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dentistry, spoke in the House of Commons and poured scorn on growing support for a ‘sugar tax’.

He then advocated the promotion of oral fluoride for children “until such time as the water supply in the area in which the children live is fluoridated.” 

Sir Paul told The Telegraph that the role was unpaid and he stepped down from it some time ago. He said that he was unaware they had used his name on their letterheads or that the society considered him to be its vice chairman.

However the real public interest issue is not whether Sir Paul as paid or not, but the misuse of power with a vested interest bringing influence to bear on the decision-making process.





Posted on September 21, 2016, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Government, Health, Lobbying, Parliamentary failure, Public relations, Vested interests and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hmmm, as the position with the BFS was unpaid it is a bit diificult to ascertain how anyone but antifluoridationists would see any “financial conflict”. Given that these activists are constantly and dishonestly proclaiming that fluoridation advocates are somehow paid, it is no great surprise that they would trot out this nonsense in regard to the MP.

    The hypocrisy in these claims is that the ones who truly are paid to advocate are antifluoridationist leaders.

    Steven D. Slott, DDS
    Information Director
    American Fluoridation Society

  2. I have asked many forced-fluoridation fanatics to tell me how much accumulated fluoride in the body they think is safe. So far not a single one of them has been able to answer the question.

    It is unlikely to just be a coincidence that the US, Australia, and Ireland, which have had high rates of forced-fluoridation for decades, also have high rates of joint problems, and poor health outcomes in general.

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