This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Bermondsey and Old Southwark on a wide range of issues

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Independent
Alan Kirkby
(Independent)
British National Party
Stephen Tyler
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
Independent
Steve Freeman
(Independent)
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Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Lant Street should be reopened.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I very much understand the concerns of residents. However the school does have planning permission. I have met with residents, local Liberal Democrat councillors and the school to find a compromise - which would allow pedestrians to use Lant Street.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “There should be pedestrian access to Lant St out of school hours. But the street should not be re-opened to traffic and the school should be able to use the space securely during school hours.”
  • Funding to repair potholes in the roads should be increased.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Two harsh winters have caused problems on roads across London and the government needs to support local councils and TfL with repairs. Utility companies which dig up roads causing structural damage should also contribute.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “POtholes are a serious danger to cyclists”
  • The Elephant and Castle regeneration project is taking too long and should be made a higher priority.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I understand the frustrations of local people who have had to wait a long time to see this development happen. Complex developments often take a long time. Liberal Democrat councillors and I have already made it a priority and will continue to do so.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Training should be provided to improve awareness regarding plastic bag usage in shops, in order to reduce plastic bag usage in the borough.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Local councils should keep the town halls open on Saturdays until at least 3pm for all members of the public to take advantage of public services.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I believe that one stop shops (covering all council services and possibly others like local police) should be open in all areas of Southwark from 8am - 8pm six days a week. But these decisions are for councillors and not MPs to decide.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • More bins for litter should be provided across the constituency.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I am proud that Southwark has gone from having some of the dirtiest streets in London under Labour to some of the cleanest under Liberal Democrats - and that's official. We still need more bins - and more public conveniences!”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    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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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Liberal Democrats will rebalance the tax system, making the first £10,000 tax free, taking 3.6 million out of income tax, paid for by closing loopholes that unfairly benefit the wealthy and polluters.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “Cutting waste and bureaucracy first. Putting taxes would make unemployment worse. It not be an incentive to employers to take on more workers.”
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I want to reduce unnecessary red tape, use 'sunset clauses' to make sure regulations only carry on if needed, and work towards the principle of 'one in, one out' for new rules. Small businesses also need a fairer rating system.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Too much red tape and bureaucracy. Too much complexity in tax laws.”
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Climate change is one of the most important and difficult problems for our world. Moves to clean energy may well need added investment and higher bills but staying dependent on fossil fuels will only cost us more.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “We need astrong national rpogramme oif insulatation and engergy efficiency - existing homes and buildinbgs need retro -fitting”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Britain has already become much more unequal over the last thirty years. We must close the gap between the rich and poor. Only a more equal society will give maximum chances to use everybody's talent to the full.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “With Britain currently experiencing the worst economic downtown in 50 years it is difficult to guarantee public spending. However we have made a commitment to keeping funding for frontline services by cutting large unnecessary spending programmes.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    is neutral
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberals introduced the first state pension and we are committed to keeping it. However, people who can afford to look after themselves should make a greater contribution. We have committed to removing tax relief on larger pension contributions.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “people should have the choice and fiscal encouragement from the government to prepare for their retirement.”
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Successive Labour and Tory governments have left our immigration system in a mess. Liberal Democrats campaign for a better system that clamps down on illegal immigration, but that treats migrants who are here legally fairly and with respect.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Britain earns its living as a global economy nad as manhy Brits gain emplyment abroad as come into ther UK. We cant hope to prosper with a sige mentality. What we need is relaible border controls and a fair and practical system of immigration”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Labour has turned Britain into a surveillance state. We rely far too much on intruding on people's privacy when other measures, such as better street lighting and more policing are far more effective.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I knowe lots of communities that are crying out for the extra security offered by CCTV.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Children need to be surrounded by loving caring adults. Whether these people are married or unmarried is irrelevant, what counts is whether they are good parents.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “This the base from which we start but the vagaries of life dtermines our environment.”
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Secure loving and committed relationships are what matter to children- this question mixes difference issues”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The scandal over expenses has been deeply damaging to the political system and the actions of some politicians inexcusable. But most MPs are honest and did not claim for anything they didn’t need in order to carry out their job effectively.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “I am still shocked at the hypocracy of some of my MP colleagues who used to come along and try and issue advice to me and local Councillors. Whilst we have been as clean as a whistle. I'm angry at MPS who voted against FOI publication of expenses.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Support for the arts is an important part of the development of a lively and vibrant culture. The state must always have a role in supporting the cultural life of Britain, but organisations must also work hard to cultivate private benefactors.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The arts produce and can therefore generate sales - why ask the tax payer to subsidise products which can generate income.”
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The issue is community access and cultural enrichment for young people. People need roses as well as bread.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats believe that our membership of the EU provides us with a great economic benefit through participating in the world's largest single market. Working with our European allies is the only way we will solve issues such as climate change”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    agrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Liberal Democrats support diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. We believe that calling for the use of force against Iran undermines the growing reform movement in the country.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “We need to improve diplomacy and communication so we do not get to this stage.”
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Liberal Democrats believe that with a successful strategy in Afghanistan that engages regional players and concentrates on peace building and democratic development will allow British troops to come home within the next parliament.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Tom Chance (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Generations of politicians have committed to spending 0.7% of gross national income on foreign aid but we are still yet to do this. Liberal Democrats would make sure we lived up to our international obligations and increase the amount of foreign aid.”
    Loanna Morrison (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    Valerie Shawcross (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees

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