Sal Brinton

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Sal Brinton was the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Watford in the 2010 general election.


In response to a questionnaire sent on 8th April 2010 via e-mail, Sal responded as follows:

Health

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

"No"


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

"Not alone, but the current scientific and medical consensus should always be presented to inform and balance the moral views."


Science

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

"Yes, providing the criteria is very strict. "


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?

"Only within a religious community that agrees it. It should not be imposed on those who do not want to recognise it."


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 Policy Making

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?

"Define scientific evidence! Often scientific evidence can present contrary views, or be changed as research discovers more. Can’t answer this one as a yes or no!"


Libel Law

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

"Yes, definitely"


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