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

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Independent
Jimmy Jones
(Independent)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Harry Lamb
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
Conservative Party
Susan Williams
(Conservative Party)
Labour Party
Julie Hilling
(Labour Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • We asked volunteers to find local questions, but unfortunately none have been submitted for this constituency.

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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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Green party would reintroduce the 10% tax band, introduce a 50% rate of income tax for incomes above £100,000, abolish the upper limit for NI contributions and raise the Capital gains Tax rate from 18% to the recipient's highest income tax rate.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    is neutral
    “Who ever forms the next government must, as a first priority, audit every department and find out *exactly* were taxpayer's money is spent. Only then can they work out where savings can be made.”
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Higher earners should pay more. Not sure if "disproportionate" is the right word however.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    disagree
    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    agrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Energy bills should not need to go up. The Green Party would make homes and other buildings more energy efficient to reduce consumption and expand domestic/local renewable generation with premium rates of feed-in tariff payable to small producers.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    disagrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Unequal societies are bad for all those living in them. Inequality breeds mistrust and fear of crime which affects the well being of us all. In addition, people who live in poverty tend to suffer more ill health,putting an avoidable strain on the NHS”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    is neutral
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “People need to earn a living. Far better to pay people to do the work that needs doing (Eg.caring for the old and the sick) than rely on ever increasing consumerism to rebuild the economy. We cannot have endless economic growth on a finite planet.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    agrees
    Jackie Pearcey (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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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “In a civilized society no old person should be in poverty. Greens advocate the paying of an unconditional(i,e. not linked to contributions)pension to all at the rate of the official poverty line. This would do away with the demeaning Pension Credit.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    is neutral
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Numbers will have to be limited eventually. Green international policy would seek to reduce the economic,political and environmental factors that force people to migrate but but we must not stop giving sanctuary to refugees.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    agrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “CCTV is intrusive and I do not believe that it significantly reduces criminal or anti social behaviour. We should aim to rebuild communities and re- establish 'society' so that people want to behave differently instead of trying to force them to.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    disagrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “The best environment in which to raise a family is one in which the children know that they are wanted and valued and where every one involved is happy and enjoying life.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    disagrees
    “I know many single parents and unmarried couples who provide a stable and loving environment for their children.”
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “My answer does not refer solely to expenses. I believe that many politicians are less than honest when talking policy or making promises at election time and that this is because their careers become more important to them than the people they serve.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    is neutral
    “In the main, individual politicians behave honestly; that honesty, however, goes out of the window when the party machine takes over.”
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The arts do pay for themselves. Our art market is worth a huge amount of money to the British economy.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    disagrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We must stay in the EU and work to reform it and create a European Constitution that works in the interest of all EU citizens.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    is neutral
    “The electorate should be able to decide whether or not we stay in the European Union. We should be given the referendum promised but never delivered.”
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “It is unreasonable(more than 40 years on from the nuclear NPT)to expect Iran to still be waiting patiently for the nuclear powers to get rid of their weapons. Threatening Iran with military action is hardly a sensible response is it.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    agrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “British troops are serving no good purpose in Afghanistan and are, in my view, making things worse for Afghanis.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    disagrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Rachel Mann (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Green Party advocates increasing the aid budget to at least 1% of our Gross National Product.”
    Doug Bagnall (You Party)
    agrees
    Jackie Pearcey (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees

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