Ross Willmott

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Ross Willmott was the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for North West Leicestershire at the 2010 General Election.

Candidate Survey

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:

Health

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"

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 but we should aim to do it without causing pain or suffering and other animal testing ie for cosmetics etc should not be permitted."

Religion

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?
"no"
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"

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?
"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?
"Yes"

Libel Law

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."

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