On 8th April 2010 Ross Willmott was sent the Candidate Survey, seeking his views on key issues and to understand his level of commitment to evidence-based policy-making. His response, the same day, was as follows:
- 1. Do you support the use of public funds to provide unproven health products such as homeopathy?
- "No generally I do not, although there can be some psychosomatic benefits which might help people."
- 2. Do you think that abortion time limits should always be determined by the current scientific and medical consensus?
- "yes generally speaking"
- 1. Do you agree that testing on animals (within strict criteria) is a necessary part of the development of medicines?
- "yes at the moment but we should aim to do it without causing pain or suffering and other animal testing ie for cosmetics etc should not be permitted."
- 1. Should schools be allowed to teach creationism as an equivalent theory to evolution?
- "NO, because it is not."
- 2. Should religious courts such as Sharia and Beth Din be recognised as alternative systems within UK law?
- 3. Do you believe that religious belief should be legally protected from ridicule?
- "no, humour is a powerful tool and any system of thought ought to be able to stand up to it"
- 4. Should religious leaders be entitled to vote in the House of Lords?
- "no and I think we need further reform of the House of Lords"
- 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?
- "not necessarily as they are there to advise government. Advice is advice. I think that if they want to express views publicly they should not be government advisers."
- 2. Should policy-makers trust scientific evidence even when it appears counter-intuitive?
- 1. Do you support the reform of English and Welsh libel law to allow a stronger 'public interest' defence?
- "yes, freedom of speech is important in a democracy."