John Cowan

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John Cowan was the 2010 Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for South East Cambridgeshire.

Cowan was suspended from the Labour Party in late April 2010 following his posting of various messages online. This was too late for the party to select an alternative candidate.[1]

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response

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

1. Yes some use of homepathy should be funded the key is the paitent outcome.

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

2. Schools should be allowed to teach Creationism but so long as it is made clear that creationism is view point.

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

3. No freedom of speach overrides this.

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

4. Yes Advisors need to be free to make comments publicly

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

5. The Law of the UK should come from Parliament and Common Law as is at the moment

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

6. Testing on animals is legitimate however safeguards should be in place to avoid the animals suffering

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

7. Policy makers need to make a judgement when taking scientific advice what is in the interests of the country.

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

8. I am happy with the current consenus regarding abortion time limits.

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

9. The House of Lords should be replace with an elected 2nd Chamber

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

10. Libel Law and the public interest defence is a matter for the Courts to determine through Common Law.



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