He studied Chemistry at Cambridge University.
Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response
Thank you for allowing to give you my views on these important matters. My early career background is in science. I have a chemistry degree from Cambridge and have taught the subject and have worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I believe in free speech and a tolerant, secular society where diversity is celebrated and enjoyed.
[1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?]
[2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?]
Q2 no. The scientific basis for creationism is a nonsense compared with the evidence for evolution
[3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?]
[4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly?]
Q4 Is that not a contradiction? How can you be independant if you cannot voice your views openly? The government does have the right to ignore advise and may be in receipt of conflicting advise.
[5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?]
Q5 we should have one law system only
[6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?]
[7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?]
Q7yes scientific evidence should always be given consideration in a policy decisions
[8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?]
Q8I believe the current abortion time limit is too long and should be reduced to twenty weeks. I would support a womens right to choose up to this time limit.
[9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?]
Q9 if elected and chosen through a properly democratic system. I want a democratically chosen upper house.
[10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?]
Q10 I believe the libel laws need reformed to allow free and frank scientific debate.