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

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All The South Party
Robert Craig
(All The South Party)
Labour Party
Hattie Ajderian
(Labour Party)
Conservative Party
Fabian Richter
(Conservative Party)
Independent
A.N. ON
(Independent)
because we couldn't contact them
Independent
Sean Geddis
(Independent)
because we couldn't contact them
Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship
Steve Hewett
(Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
because we couldn't contact them

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • More 20mph zones should be introduced.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “with the increasing efficiency of modern cars I feel a lot more local consultation should be involved in key areas like Schols, Hospitals, Reg Old peoples homes and all "vulnerable areas”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I have campaigned alongside my Lib Dem colleagues on B&NES Council to see 20mph speed limits on residential roads in Bath. The dangers of speeding are all to clear, and it is vital that both pedestrians and drivers feel safe on the roads.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Student housing should be included in the new homes target.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Having been amazed by the amount the Students could put into the Bath economy I feel strongly decent housing should be a priority for them, There are 20,000 +. That is quite a large chunk of the population and they should have a say!!”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Purpose built student accommodation should be allowed to count towards targets. If we build more purpose built accommodation it frees up family houses in our city, often in the most affordable areas.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The condition of the city's roads needs to be improved as a priority.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I am passionate about relieving traffic and consequent road damage and it can be done by greater use of the river cycle ways etc etc. A totel strategic review needs to be implemented NOW”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    is neutral
  • Funding for recycling and refuse collection should be increased to improve services.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I believe an Education programme would help, Bottles should have a deposit (it is daft to drive to the bottle bank, smash them up, collect them in a huge lorry and remake them into . . . . bottles!!!!!, We can learn a lot from our forebears.”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We need to invest in recycling services in the short term, including, extending the service to a cooked food waste collection.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Cancer services shouldn't be moved to Bristol.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I believe that a local referendum should be carried out to decide if the money saved would genuinely result in a world class facility at Bristol or just more of the same, in which case keep it local”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I have worked hard lobbying over this issue.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Measures should be introduced to ease congestion in the city centre.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We can provide a world class enviro friendly integrated transport system if we chose which would dramatically enhance the city centre life. A strqategic review is needed not continuous introduction of petty rules to fiddle with the problem”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “These measure should include, introducing a lorry ban from the city centre or restricting delivery hours. Finding alternatives to the “school run” and sending more freight by rail.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Local transport should be made cheaper in order to reduce congestion and pollution.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I beleive in this passionately. The cost is amazing. Let us look at some of the imaginative transport systems in Europe part funded by england . . .sorry The EU. Modern, Enviro friendly and intereesting”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees

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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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “The Labour Govt introduced a "supertax" in the 60's. These people just left. Now look at the long term result. We need to get out of Europe saving 200 billion a year. Taxing people who have clever means to find a way round it is a vote grabber only”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our tax proposals include the biggest tax switch in generations, a radical overhaul to make sure those at the top pay their fair share in order to put money back in the pockets of people who need it.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “The British Govt can and does nothing as all these ridiculuous laws come from Europe (75-92% of all the laws) It begs the question what do the MP's do all day apart from drink free beer and fill out the expense forms!!”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The role of government is to create an environment that allows enterprise to flourish, acting as an enabler rather than participant in its own right.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Govt should listen to a panel of Experts without vested interest to firstly ascertain if the case is proven and can be tackled. The planet has always had climate change. The case is still not proven and we need unbiased scientific total agreement”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But not for the poorest; Liberal Democrats are committed to fair fuel bills. At the moment energy companies charge you less for your energy the more you use. That’s unfair and environmentally crazy.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We are building an unsustainable economy. Our European "Partners" manage to manufacture with sophisticated Govt support. We need a balanced independant economy. We are in grave danger of becoming an Economic backwater”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “At the root of Britain's problems today is the failure to distribute economic and political power fairly between people.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Public Expenditure is inefficient and needs to be made much more efficient. An immediate axe is neither desirable or practical. We need a phased approach whilst real jobs are created by British companies”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The current economic climate will require a degree of restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring down the deficit.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “We are a welfare state and this is deep in our psyche. A balanced approach is required. People should be educated from an early age to save for retirement in order to expect a decent retirement. A pension less than in Poland is a national disgrace”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain’s pensions system is one of the most complex in the developed world. It provides neither a decent safety net, nor incentives to save. We will restore the link between pensions and earnings so pensioners' living standards finally improve.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We cannot feed ourselves heat our home we cannot provide or build towards a sustainable economy. The resentment caused is unacceptable. Immigration is distinct from Refugee status where GB has a long and proud tradition”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “While immigration has been too high in some parts of the country, other areas want more people to help their economy grow. We would vary the points-based system to allow migrants to gain extra points for moving to areas that want more people.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    agrees
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It is amazing that crime exists at all!! George Orwell would never have sold a book if he had written about this society created by paranoid politicians”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We have less than one per cent of the world's population but a fifth of the earth's CCTV cameras. We believe that the use of CCTV should be publicly debated with a review to its full regulation.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “They provide balance for a child. 2 parents of the same sex cannot provide the necessary balanced input into these incredibly formative years.”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats attach real value to relationships, to commitment and to love, but do not seek to limit or prescribe what makes for a strong relationship.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Dishonest is too strong a word but vested interest would best sum it up.”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The expenses scandal has undermined public confidence in politicians. That is why the Lib Dems would introduce a 'recall' system in which constituents could force a by-election for any MP found guilty of wrongdoing.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “A balanced approach is necessary here with the escalating cost of National Treasures. Art cannot always turn a buck and is about more than that”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education. We want to move away from restrictive and bureaucratic targets for the arts and focus on celebrating our cultural wealth.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We cannot afford it. We were told BY THE TORIES it was a common market . . . .It is not irt is a federal superstate along the lines of the USSR The national debt could be paid off overnight. We cannot afford to support the other European States”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Lib Dems believe that there should be an in/out referendum the next time a British Government signs up for fundamental change in the relationship between the EU and UK. We will campaign strongly for Britain to stay in the EU.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “We must remain neutral and listen to the arguments. We no longer enjoy good relations with many Arab states and do not understand them due to perceived interference We must take more note of local opinion”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We oppose military action against Iran as it would only make a volatile situation worse, strengthening the hand of extremists against moderates. Instead, the international community must continue to use diplomacy and engage in constructive discussion”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “We are there We have to finish the job we started. We must give them the support this Govt has failed to do Our troops equipment is outmoded outdated and better is available A hearts and minds campaign must be initiated”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Ernie Warrender (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We still send aid to China and India whilst Africa bleeds due to the EU CAP We need to re prioritise our Aid programmes”
    Don Foster (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Lib Dems will increase the UK's aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 and enshrine that target in law.”
    Eric Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees

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