This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Berwick-upon-Tweed on a wide range of issues

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Stop press: 3 of your candidates haven't gone on the record!

Labour Party
Alan Strickland
(Labour Party)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Michael Weatheritt
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
because we couldn't contact them
Conservative Party
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Improving local public transport is more important than dualling the A1.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “Local public transport is fairly good already, though improvements are needed. However, dualling the A1 will bring major economic benefits to the area - and save lives.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Both are needed.”
  • The visual impact of wind turbines on remote moorland outweighs any environmental benefit.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “A limited few wind turbines can be visually attractive in certain locations, but not the excessive number being planned. I'm not convinced of the 'environmental' benefits anyway,particularly in relation to cost. We need to explore wave power more.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “This depends very much on the location.”
  • A&E services in Northumberland should be centralised in a new hospital in the south of the county.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “The county is too big for just 1 hospital. A&E facilities should be maintained locally, but with specialist facilities centralised.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We need to retain minor injuries units at Alnwick, Berwick and Rothbury, but A&E services which are currently provided at Wansbeck hospital should be transferred to the planned specialised centre, which is no less accessible than Wansbeck.”

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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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “We need to raise the basic rate threshold to help lower earners,not specificaly penalise higher earners. They naturaly pay more tax anyway.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “As the majority in government have no business experience, they should encourage business - to create jobs etc, not strangle with pointless 'red tape'.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “Climate change to me is natural. Yes we need to restrict emmissions and encourage savings,so cleaner business evolves.Not with pointless taxes!”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “Don't understand the question!!”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “If public sector was more efficient we wouldn't need to increase spending. We should cut excessive management levels and excessive salaries.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    agrees
    “We should have a realistic basic pension, but if you work hard and save hard you shouldn't be penalised at retirement as now.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We have too many people for a small island,we need to close the 'door'! We cannot continue to financially support unemployed immigrants.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “The end usage of cctv needs to be restricted. To monitor criminal activity ok, but not for raising council revenue.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “Heterosexual couples with families don't have to be married!”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “If they were honest the country wouldn't be in the mess it is!”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “Define arts? We should support museums etc.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We joined under the pretence of trading with Europe, not being governed / dictated by it. What was the point of winning 2 world wars if not for freedom?”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “SUPPORT is the operative word - not LEAD.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “Bring them home now, they are fighting a war they cannot win.”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Peter Mailer (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Much foreign aid is wasted i.e.not benefiting those it is intended for. We send ¬£millions to India - Indians bought our motor and steel industries! Something wrong there!”
    Alan Beith (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees

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