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

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Bushra Irfan of Blackburn
Bushra Irfan
(Bushra Irfan of Blackburn)
Labour Party
Jack Straw
(Labour Party)
Independent
Janis Sharp
(Independent)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Bobby Anwar
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
British National Party
Robin Evans
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
Conservative Party
Michael Law-Riding
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

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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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    “Yes, because we are all in one society, in one country, on one little island together. It's like a family sometimes has to help out those members of the family who are not doing so well.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
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  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    “My husband ran Coach House Garage, Blackburn for over 30 years. He loved his worked. All he wanted was to be left alone to get on and do an honest days work.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    “Ultimately if we don't address the issue, it will come back to haunt us even worse. NB 'a stitch in time saves nine'”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    “Rather a vague question- are you referring to north v south, or imports v exports, or something else. Anyway, I think inequality usually causes instability, which isn't good.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    “No. What we need to do is use the money more wisely. More money doesn't always mean better services. We need to have 'fewer chiefs and more indians' ie. teachers who teach”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    “Difficult to have one answer for all circumstances. We should be encouraged to provide for ourselves when we can, but there will always be the needy who need help.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    “We need to curb immigration properly because unchecked all here will suffer. This country cannot help eveyone who wants to come. It's unrealistic. We already have problems.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    “On the whole I don't think having Big Brother watch over us will encourage our society in the right direction. We need to promote looking after our neighbour more.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    “I am a practising Christian so I obviously would see this as the best option. Life isn't perfect though, and I think it's a loving environment that is crucial in bringing up children.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    “I think they try to be honest, but power corrupts. Many politicians have been tempted re. expenses and couldn't resist asking for what they could get away with.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    “The arts provide a release for stress and enjoyment and that can help society's well being. So some Government help is probably beneficial for all.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    “Much depends on what happens with Greece and the Euro. It wouldn't be all plain sailing if we left. There is no easy answer to this because we are already members of the club.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    “I studied history at London University. I know there are many reasons for a country going to war. I dislike war. It's easier to get into a war than leave. However,it may be a necessary evil on some occasions.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
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  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    “How long is a piece of string. We are not told all the facts. However, as soon as is practicable, we should leave the Afghans to rule themslves.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    “Perhaps just now we should keep levels as they are and not increase them until the recession is over. We are all members of one planet so we should help others, but charity begins at home.”
    Paul English (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral

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