This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Brentwood and Ongar on a wide range of issues

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Conservative Party
Eric Pickles
(Conservative Party)
Liberal Democrats
David Kendall
(Liberal Democrats)
English Democrats Party
Robin Tilbrook
(English Democrats Party)
Labour Party
Heidi Benzing
(Labour Party)
British National Party
Paul Morris
(British National Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • More affordable local housing should be built in the Brentwood area.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    agrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    agrees
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The waiting lists are far too long and it is counter productive ro pay huge amounts in housing benefit. as council housing stock is sold off it should be replaced like for like.”
  • There shouldn't be weekend parking charges at Brentwood Town Hall.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    disagrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “all town centre parking should be free for 3 hours for shoppers if they spend a cetain amount in a local shop such as the system currently in use at sainsburys. this would encourage to use the town centre shops more and help local businesses”
  • The A12 should be expanded to relieve congestion.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    is neutral
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    agrees
    “alongside this more improvements should also be made to the public transport infrastructure. its ok if you want to travel to and from london but not anywhere else in essex”
  • Investment in repairing damaged roads should be local councils' main priority.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “agrred but this is the responsibility of the county council”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Roads are vital to the towns infrastructure, however the council should have no 'main' priority.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    agrees
    “not necessarily the main priority but one of them”

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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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “UKIP would take all those earniing less than £11,500 OUT OF TAX AND HAVE A FLAT TAX OF 31%--tax and NI combined”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    agrees
    “It should be relative. People on higher incomes should pay more, but not a great deal more in the percentage stakes.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    is neutral
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The three failed traditional parties are all too nanny/bully state quango pushers.”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “I think that there is too much petty regulation, but not enough where it really matters like bank solvency.”
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    agrees
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “if you are to operate a capitalist economy then companies need to be allowed to flourish and equally die. if the banks had been allowed to collapse others wouldve taken their place.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “We need a Royal Commission to review the science first.”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “In my opinion tackling climate change is the absolute priority, this may mean that energy bills go up, but this is the only way to secure future stability.”
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    disagrees
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “energy companies have had it far too good for far too long. they should be forced to become non profit making organisations. if we switch to wind and wave and hydro electric power will our bills come down because the resource is free and renewable?”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “One reason why UKIP seeks to take the lowest paid out of the tax regime”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Britain is far too unequal already. The higher the inequality, the more crime and social unrest.”
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    agrees
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    is neutral
    “britain will remain economically unequal until the developing countries are developed and we can all compete on a level playing field”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Cuts to waste and efficiency gains must be made”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    agrees
    “We should maintain real spending in most areas and increase it for certain priorities like elderly care and the NHS.”
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    is neutral
    “It's crucial that no cuts are made to key services. Spending may have to increase to keep services the same as they were pre recession.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    agrees
    “public sector spending is only acceptable if the money is spent wisely.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “OF course people should provide as fully as they can for themselves but people have been paying NI tax in expectation of receiving a pension.UKIP weould provide a non means tested pension of £130 pw”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The state should provide a Citizen’s Pension for everybody that ensures no pensioners are in poverty.”
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    is neutral
    “People should take responsibilty for their own pension, however the state must continue to offer pensions to people on a relative basis.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    is neutral
    “people should make their own provisions but this should be done only if the goverment offers concessions on tax and national insurance to encourage people to do so”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “UKIP would impose a 5 year freeze on immigration for settlement and triple the numbers of border staff engaged in deportation of illegal aliens.”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    agrees
    “Unemployment is a key issue. Immigration is a factor in the staggering number of people out of work. We should encourage businesses to search for young talent by teaching more key skills.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    agrees
    “illegal immigration levels are too high. legal immigrants are crucial to the economy and the labour market for the simple reason that our minimum wage is a good wage for the majority of them.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We are rapidly becoming a police state”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    agrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    is neutral
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “if they are used for the purpose intended they work well. otherwise no”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “This is my personal preferred 1st choice view and is not party policy. I would however prefer a child to be brought up by homosexuals than in a home for orphans etc.”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “We believe there are many diverse ways in which children can be provided with a stable upbringing.”
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    disagrees
    “There is no evidence to suggest that is the case. Let's judge relationships and children on an individual basis instead of making stereotypical assumptions.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “doesnt make a difference. there are good parents and bad parents regardless of sexual orientation”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “There are many sound individuals but too many are not.Sadly politicians seem unaware of how others see them---most especially over flipping and capital gains tax tax evasion”
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    agrees
    “My personal dealings with current MP's and Councillors is that most politicians are honest. I would though like to see more transparency and an end to party bickering.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “just because they dont break the rules doesnt mean they arent morally corrupt”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    disagrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We must encourage people to be more individual and creative. Me must not cut funding to these areas that promot people to be ambitious.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    disagrees
    “they should be open to everyone”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    disagrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    is neutral
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    disagrees
    “i think we should begin negotiations to have the same power as other eu countries. we implement european law to the letter. others pick and choose”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Britain is a world leader, and we must protect ourselves. If there is good enough reason to undertake a legal war we should do so.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    is neutral
    “if they were a direct threat then we would have no choice. otherwise no. the united nations should pass a resolution to eradicate ALL nuclear weapons”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    is neutral
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    agrees
    “We must see our activities in Iraq through. We took responsibilty for removing Saddam Hussein, wrongly or rightly, and we must take responsibility in ensuring we leave the country in a better state than we found it.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “as long as we continue trying to impose western democracy on thousand year old cultures we will never win. our troops should be supported even if they are there unecessarily”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Michael McGough (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Jess Barnecutt (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    James Sapwell (Independent)
    is neutral
    “If aid is required, we must offer it. Let's judge things on an individual level.”
    Danny Attfield (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “we have too many issues at home and not enough of that aid reaches the people it is meant for. we should develop these countries instead of just giving them money.”

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