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

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Respect - The Unity Coalition
Arshad Ali
(Respect - The Unity Coalition)
because we couldn't contact them
British National Party
Jenny Sampson
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
Democratic Nationalists
Neil Craig
(Democratic Nationalists)
Conservative Party
Zahid Iqbal
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Public money should be spent to ensure that the landmark old cinema building on Princes Way is saved.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Opportunities for the creative use of leisure time are essential to sustain flourishing communities. I would fight to find money for this.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I tried to get the building listed a few years ago and have campaigned strongly, as an individual and as a councillor between 2000-2007 for the retention of this building”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I called for a referendum on the Odeon, I have been leading the call to save our heritage”

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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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We have plans to cut the deficit by cutting expensive things like Trident and ID cards, not more tax. But I would rather see taxes rise than cuts to frontline services. Our tax switch would take low earners out of tax and make high earners pay more.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Green Party wants to raise the new higher rate of income tax at 50% for incomes above £100,000, raising the national insurance limit to help low earners, abolish the upper limit for NI, reintroduce the 10% tax band”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The government should create an environment that allows enterprise to flourish, acting as an enabler, not a participant. That means creating a proportionate regulatory regime and training skilled workers, then letting businesses run themselves.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    agrees
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The EU is resonsible for making most of these laws and all the old parties have signed up to the EU and therefore cannot do anything about it”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Only the Lib Dems take climate change seriously. We would invest in green jobs, eg wind turbines and home insulation. But we would not put up bills for the poorest or pensioners. The more you use the higher rate you should pay.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “I don't subscribe to the notion that we are nessesarily responsible for global warming.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It is shocking that inequality has worsened under Labour. We have proposed a rebalancing of the tax system that will put £700 in the pocket of the average working age person and remove 3.6 million people from the income tax system altogether.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “As it is argued in The Spirit Level and as a recent report indicated an unequal society is both less efficient and more unhappy”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The current economic climate will require some restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring down the deficit. We need to protect and enhance spending in specific areas, eg police, but we will fund that by cutting things like ID cards.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There needs to be targeted spending, such as on NHS and investment on support services”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain’s pensions system is one of the most complex and inadequate in the world. It provides neither a decent safety net, nor incentives to save. We will restore the link between pensions and earnings immediately so living standards improve.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “This is a partnership. People need to budget for and plan for their retirement but it is essential too that Government helps those on low incomes to enable them to save and invest for retirement, such as initiatives on savings plans”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has been too high in some parts of the country, which has stretched public services and damaged community cohesion. In contrast, some areas want more people to help their economy grow. We need a regional system.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Immigration has strong positive impacts on the economy. What is needed is a rational debate about the benifts and isbenefits of immigrationn and how the UK should plan for this”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Again we cannot control European immigration while part of the EU, only UKIP can deliver on immigration reduction”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We have less than one per cent of the world’s population but a fifth of the earth’s CCTV cameras. Liberal Democrats believe that before we sleepwalk into a surveillance society, the use and regulation of CCTV should be publicly debated.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    agrees
    “They have a role to play but it is becoming a camera obsessed society. They arent necessarily the best means to defeat crime and sdisorder and can lead to a false sense of security”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “You just cannot generalise about something so personal. Liberal Democrats attach real value to relationships, to commitment and to love, but would never seek to limit or prescribe what makes for a strong relationship.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “They can provide a very positive environment but so too can a gay couple. A stable, loving partnership between two people is a good role model for children, but single parents too provide this if supported.”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Again, why generalise? I believe most are, but far too many have let us down. That is why the Liberal Democrats would introduce a ‘recall’ system in which a small percentage of constituents could force a by-election for any MP found to be corrupt.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Despite the media frenzy this is, I believe, the case, but there are exceptions...”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education. I want to move away from restrictive and bureaucratic targets for the arts and instead celebrate our cultural wealth and diversity.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “A chance has been missed to have a referendum on whether to stay in the EU. I would campaign strongly for Britain to do so. Europe is good for British business, the climate and tackling crime.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It costs $45million per day!”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I oppose military action against Iran. It would make a volatile situation worse, strengthening the hand of extremists against moderates. Instead, we must continue to use diplomacy, working closely with the US, Russia, China and the EU.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    agrees
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I am a critical supporter of the mission in Afghanistan. It has contained Al Qaeda and kept our streets safer. Pulling out now would hand Afghanistan back to militants and give Al Qaeda a safe haven. But we should aim to stabilise and leave soon.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    agrees
    “As long as they are wanted by the Afghan people and are part of a UN led operation”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    David Hall-Matthews (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I am committed to working towards a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice. We will increase the UK’s aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 - but spend it more smartly on empowering citizens of poor countries.”
    David Ford (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Green Party would raise foreign aid to 1% of GDP”
    Marsha Singh (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Jason Smith (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees

Answers by party

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