This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Ashford on a wide range of issues

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Labour Party
Chris Clark
(Labour Party)
Conservative Party
Damian Green
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Planning regulations should ensure that new homes are up to standard, such as making sure that drivers can get out of garages.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    agrees
    “New homes should also be properly insulated, energy efficient and affordable, and planning should include proper infrastructure such as cycle/foot paths and access to public services.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The New Library complex does not meet users' needs.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I will check on this.”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “The new library is an exciting project though how it pans out remains to be seen. There seems to be no plans for a gallery, and a live music venue would be a welcome addition.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The new Library will get better with time”
  • The Government should oblige more Eurostar trains to stop at Ashford.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I strongly support rail travel. We proposes bringing rail back into public ownership, reducing fares and improving services. If we are to stop using cheap flights and our cars, we must be provided with a viable alternative.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I have campaigned to save the Eurostar link, particularly the services to Brussels, but I do not think that the government should oblige Eurostar to stop anywhere UNLESS this is a condition of say a business loan”

National statements

  • Many people think taxes will have to rise in the next parliament to cut Britain's budget deficit. If they do, any increases should disproportionately be paid by higher earners.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “If elected we will save over £40million a day by leaving the EU.”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    agrees
    “We would abolish the upper limit for NI but raise the lower NI limit; Increase the main rate of Corporation tax but reduce the small firms rate back to 20%; Crack down on tax havens; income tax @ 50% for incomes > £100,000”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I agree that those who earn more should pay more - at present the wealthiest pay less, proportionally, than the poorest.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Local businesses should be favoured and encouraged, with large corporations restricted and controlled. At the moment big business interferes too much with government.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Climate change must be tackled aggressively, but this needn't mean that energy bills go up. With intelligent infrastructure and efficiency measures (free insulation for every house that needs it) climate change can be tackled fairly.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But energy bills will only go up if we cannot persuade people to change their behaviour”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Inequality leads to poor health, mental illness, crime and anti-social behaviour. Making Britain more equal would address these problems sensibly and fairly, for the long term.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “You create societal tiers”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The problem is not how much we are spending but what we are spending it on. Public services must not suffer in favour of nuclear weapons, ID cards or more road building.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “There should continue to be a wide choice of options for people”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “People pay into NI all their lives and deserve their fair share back. We would introduce a non-means tested state pension of £170 pw for every British citizen.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “People should always be encouraged to save for their retirement but this is not always possible for everyone. There must be some level of state support.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I cannot see us sustaining the projected increase to 70 million”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Immigrants are essential to our country. However, this is because the NMW is too low and discriminates against British people. We would raise NMW to £8.10, and scrap tuition fees, so British people can do British jobs and learn skilled trades.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I think we need to know the numbers, at the moment I'm not sure the government does.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “If we had single policemen on the beat we would better control problem behaviour”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The current attitude to crime is bordering on a police state situation. This level of surveillance actually increases tension and leads to more anti-social behaviour. Our plans for an equal society would tackle the cause, not just the symptoms.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Too complex for a one word answer”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “A sweeping generalisation like this statement is meaningless. The best environment to raise a family is a loving one, no matter what the situation of the adults responsible.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Families come in all shapes and sizes, I cannot agree that there is a 'right' set up”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Many politicians are, indeed, honest. Unfortunately we remain un-elected!!”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Art and culture are extremely important for our sense of identity and well being, and many people are artists who deserve to make a contribution to society through their art, not be forced into a physical job they are not cut out for.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “See UKIP manifesto”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We are influential within the EU, and leaving would lose us our influence and leave us vulnerable. However, we should not join the Euro nor sign up for a "European Army", we must retain our influence and our independence.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Too simplistic.However UKIP would significantly increase the armed forces and weaponry”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “If we are developing nuclear weapons "as a deterrent" what right do we have to judge others for doing the same? We should decommission our Nuclear weapons so other countries feel safe enough to do the same.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “A war against Iran would completely destabilise the middle east”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “See answer to 13”
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britains security is at threat because of our behaviour in other countries. Afghanistans future must be decided by the Afghan people. We have no right to interfere with their affairs as no one has any right to interfere with ours.”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We should have a phased plan of withdrawal, ensuring the Afghan Army are suitably trained before drawing down numbers”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Jeffrey Elenor (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Campkin (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Many countries are in poverty and debt because of British and US operations, and irresponsible lending from rich to poor. We favour fair-trade, a Robin Hood tax, and would increase aid to 1%”
    Chris Took (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees

Answers by party

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