Richard Baum

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Richard Baum is the 2015 Liberal Democrat Party Parliamentary candidate for Bury North. He also stood in the constituency in 2010.

Skeptical Voter Questionnaire Response 2010

1. Do you support the use of NHS money to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy? No

2. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution? No

3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule? No

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, but only if they stop being a government adviser before they do so. Advisers advise, governments make laws.

5. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law? No

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

7. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive? Yes, but what matters is what they then do with that trust!

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

9. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords? They shouldn't automatically be given this privilege like some Bishops are, but if their achievements merit a Peerage then it's fine e.g. the Chief Rabbi

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

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