Marc Ramsbottom

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Marc Ramsbottom was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Manchester Central in the 2012 by-election. He previously stood for election in the 2010 general election, and a Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Manchester City Centre Ward.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response 2010

Health

Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?

I remain sceptical about such remedies, and would tend not to support using public funds unless they can be medical validated.

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

Yes.

Science

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

Yes, but they must be strictly regulated and shown to have proven medical benefits.

Religion

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

No.

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

No.

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

No.

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

No.

Evidence-based Policymaking

Should an independent government adviser whose views in their area of expertise conflict with government policy be able to express those views publicly without fear of being sacked?

Yes.

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

No.

Libel Law

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

Undecided. Would need more information.

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