Rob White

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Rob White is a Green councillor in Reading Borough Council representing the Park ward. He stood as a Parliamentary candidate for Reading East in 2005 and 2010, and has been selected to stand again in 2015[1].

General Political Views

His responses to a general political questionnaire from before the 2010 general election: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/person/9509/rob-white

Skeptical Voter Candidate Survey

In response to the Candidate Survey sent on the 9th April 2010, Mr White responded as follows.

Health

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

No.

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

Yes.

Science

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

Yes at the moment.

Religion

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

No.

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

No.

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

No.

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

No. We need an elected second chamber.

Evidence-based Policymaking

1. 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.

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

Yes, policy should be fact-based.

Libel Law

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

Yes.

Digital Economy Bill

1. What are your views on the digial economy bill?

Against.

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