Jo Crotty

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Jo Crotty is a Liberal Democrat candidate for North West England in the 2014 European Parliament elections. She was Parliamentary candidate for Warrington South in the 2010 general election.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response

1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?

No, the state should only provide proven health remedies.

2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?

No - there is no basis in fact for this, that does not mean however htat creationism should not be part of the RE ciriculum

3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?

No, freedom of speach should be protected, however common sense should also be employed when it is clear that statements may cause offense.

4. Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly?

Yes of course, they are not part of the government, only a person advising them

5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?

No, as far as possible all organs of the state should should be secular and religion free.

6. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?

No - I do not believe that testing on animals is right in any circumstances, medicine or not.

7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?

No it should subject it to the same tests they would subject any evidence to.

8. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?

Yes within reason, though the rights of the woman carrying the baby and her wishes should always be paramount.

9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?

No, only in the event that a religious leader stood for election in an all elected 2nd chamber and won a mandate to be there, then they could speak and vote as all others who had been elected.

10. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?

Would need more information/evidence to make an informed judgement.

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