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Conservative Party
Mary Macleod
(Conservative Party)
Independent
Teresa Vanneck-Surplice
(Independent)
British National Party
Paul Winnett
(British National Party)
Labour Party
Ann Keen
(Labour Party)
Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship
Aamir Javed Bhatti
(Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
Christian Peoples Alliance
Evangeline Pillai
(Christian Peoples Alliance)
because we couldn't contact them

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Public money should be spent to protect Gunnersbury Park and museum.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Gunnersbury park is one of London's hidden gems.Improving it will boost the area's tourism.”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Agree in principle: but the limited public demands to protect the park can be interpreted as indicating that, sadly, most people seem not to care.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It's an excellent facility which is under utilised and is rapidly decaying. Public money may not be the only option but the issue does need to be adressed.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • There should be a third runway at Heathrow.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “WE need to improve rail links around the UK and get people away from flying”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Having campaigned for 15 years against expansion at Heathrow, including T5 + R3, I continue to believe that this harms public health and contributes to irreversible climate change.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “There should be NO further development at Heathrow. UKIP favours enlargement of out of London airports if necessary and also the Thames estuary airport proposal.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Public money should be spent on a youth club in Brentford.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “Young people In Brentford need more facilities”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    agrees
    “The Green Party manifesto urges doubling the current investment in young people, and creating 2000 Young People's Centres.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “...although this could be provided through a shared community space in the short term.”
  • Planning regulations should encourage family homes over flats in Brentford.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “Yes,finances permitting.”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “More information needed. Parents complain that local schools have too few spaces for existing children. Holistic review required of demand and ability to supply public services to acceptable standards in required timescale.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Difficult as there is a requirement for both types of accomodation in Brentford but there should be a good mix of family and young professional accomodation considered across the board with new developments.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “....but this needs to be backed up by research so that we dont flip to the opposite extreme of an over supply of family housing in 10 years.”

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 Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Absolutely.Whatever happened to noblesse oblige.”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Green Party policy will rebalance the taxation system, protecting people with low incomes.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “No tax payers should be penalised for the failures of the Government. UKIP proposes a flat tax that will take all minimum wage earners out of tax and introduce a flat rate for all taxation for everyone else. A truly universal and fair tax system.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “The british government needs to help manufacturing and export led businesses as these are real foundation of our nations wealth”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “The Green Party will simplify regulations for small businesses: but large corporations require regulation.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The Caretaker British Government has little choice as the majority of legislation and unnecessary bureaucracy stifling entreprenerial talent in the UK is EU directed. Business cannot truly flourish without withdrawal from the EU.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Too much paperwork, not enough of the right infrastructure/ skilled workers to support business”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “Yes we should aim to be a leader in green technology”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We will protect low-income households, especially pensioners, from fuel poverty, and introduce a free home insulation programme for all homes that need it.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “AGW is as yet unproven, The science is not settled and the last thing we should do is tax the citizens of the UK further on the basis of poor science and a lack of consensus. UKIP proposes an independent Royal Commission to examine the issue.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Absolutely.I believe that the root of Britain's pronblem lie in the growing gap between rich and poor”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We support a National Minimum Wage that is a living wage, at 60% of net national average earnings: £8.10 per hour. The maximum wage in any organisation should be no more than ten times the minimum wage in that organisation.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Britain has never been more economically unequal than at the present time. Labours promise of a future fair for all is laughable as this is something they have not been able to deliver on through their whole time in office.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “Where's the money going to come from?More borrowing. Increase spending only when there is a long term benefit”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Cuts to health and education services will hit the poorest and most vulnerable first: so we must protect basic public services.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Front line services should be protected. waste and central and local government non jobs should be cut.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “We should encourage people to save for their retirements.Though not everyone can!”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Many people can't. We would pay a Citizen’s Pension unconditionally to all pensioners at the rate of the official poverty line: currently £170pw.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “People should be encouraged and supported in saving for their retirement but the state should support those who have been unable to do so. Means testing should end and people should be able to retain their dignity and their property when they retire!”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “It depends on peoples level of earnings to what extent they can be expected to have their own pension provision”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes.Immigration artificially lowers wages,making it uneconomic for native born people to work!But we can't permanently keep millions on benefits!”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Most immigration comes from other EU countries, where there is freedom of movement. We also have a responsibility to refugees from war, political oppression, and climate change. We must also act to minimise these phenomena.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Labour have allowed unrestricted mass immigration into the UK since 97 in order to deliberately chage the face of the country for their own selfish ends. Only UKIP can say no to EU immigrants, the rest of the parties have their hands tied.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “It depends on which part of the country you are looking at”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “The problem is that there are not enough people to man them”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Need to build stronger local communities, encouraging cohesion, so that constant surveillance is not required.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Crime hot spots are one thing but Britian has become a surveillance state which is unsettling. Much of this apparatus has no impact on crime and simply generates revenue.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “Kids from married two parent families generally do better-it's a fact!”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The best environment is a stable and loving one, encouraging children to develop their potential and to respect others. Given this, the sexuality of the parents is irrelevant.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The most fundamental thing a child needs is love, support and a stable environment.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “If you tell the unvarnished truth you don'twin elections.As I'm not going to win anyway I can be more straightforward”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Honesty is not black and white. Media exposure of extreme cases has not measured the prevalence of the many shades of grey.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “The majority of our current politicians are inherantly dishonest though there are exceptions. They put politics and self over people more often than not and will not adress the real issues, even to the extend of covering them up. For shame!”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “We would encourage local live performances by moving funding from the regional to the local level.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “If arts are to flourish in the Uk as they always have a subsidy is necessary.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “It's moving too fast.Europe(not just Britain)isn't ready to become one state.Maybe in 100/200 years!”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We believe many things done and decided in Europe might better be done by member states or by regions or localities: so we will work to reform the EU, not campaign to leave it.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Of course. Outside the EU we'd be self governing, richer and more democratic.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should be actively engaged in the reform of the European Union to make it more democratic and effective”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “It's a very difficult question.But war is not a gamre,just look at the mess that's been made in Iraq and Afghanistan”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Iran's genuine security concerns must be properly addressed. Military intervention would be counterproductive. We must discourage nuclear weapons, and set an example by not replacing Trident.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Any independent and sovereign nation should be allowed to pursue a nuclear programme but should be encouraged to abide by the non proliferation treaty. Only if a nation is an agressor should we be able to pursue military action against it.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “I don't think we're winning hearts and minds.Nobody has ever won in Afgh,just read the history books.Better to lose face than continue wasting our soldiers lives”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “We must facilitate a regional peace process involving all the Afghan people and the countries in the region, to withdraw our forces ASAP.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Unless a clear goal or mission statement can be determined for Op Herrick Britain should withdraw. The British people do not understand why we are there and no further lives of British troops should be sacrificed until they do.”
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    David Cunningham (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “I don't think we always spend it wisely!”
    John Hunt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We will exceed the UN’s 0.7% target and allocate at least 1% of UK Gross National Product for aid by 2011.”
    Jason Hargreaves (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Andrew Dakers (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees

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