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Independent
Leo Atreides
(Independent)
Conservative Party
Charlotte Vere
(Conservative Party)
Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality
Soraya Kara
(Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality)
Socialist Labour Party
Ian Fyvie
(Socialist Labour Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Preston Circus Fire Station should not be relocated.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “What a waste! Somewhere there is a mangement consultant straight out of uni with a calculator and a book of theories. Seen it too often! Real world more complicated. Leave it, it works!”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “The local Fire Authority believe there are genuine issues with keeping the current fire station there. They are the professionals, but until they propose an alternative site it's difficult to make a final judgement.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I'm really proud to have worked closely with the FBU on this campaign!”
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Funding for local services which support the homeless and substance-dependent should be increased.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “W plan to allow local councils to retain much greater funding (see above) to allow them to address local problems effctively flexibly locally. Also need the Golden Path of housing, jobs, futur worth living for... Too many good people trapped.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Given the number of people suffering from substance-dependencies and/or being homeless, funding absolutely needs to be increased to give them the best chances of rebilding their lives.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The government should impose restrictions on the fares for London-Brighton trains, as the current prices are stifling business development.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Again! That's up to a properly-funded local council to decide. Prepare a scheme to target those most crucial? We plan hi-speed to Brighton.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Greens believe rail privatisation has been an expensive failure. Rail operations & track companies should be nationalised and this would give the government direct control over pricing. We would aim to lower fares on all rail routes.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Especially at peak times.”
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Local government should provide better publicity about "events" (e.g. marathons, rallies) so that residents can choose to avoid the town centre when they occur.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “They don't do too bad in the paper but they could palce more notices on street lights in th lead up to events. And set up a viral telph or web network.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “All the local authorities need to improve how they communicate with residents about issues from events, heavy snow, recycling changes and how to have a say in decisions. We all have a role to play in this, more definitely can be done.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We should publicise these events more so that people can enjoy them and join in!”
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • The proposed developments on the edge of the city centre need to be revised, as they will destroy the character of areas and threaten small business, particularly proposals for London Road, which would see Ransoms demolished.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I am always wary of 'top down' schemes that impose modern design criteria and alien structures on existing environments. A way must be found tho to enable job creation opportunities or area dies.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We strongly support local independent businesses. Out of town and urban fringe developments often depend on car-based visits to be economically viable. Brighton is already choking with congestion & pollution, it can't go on.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Because of a lack of parking around the city centre, funding needs to be provided to improve park and ride facilities.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, and/or more city centre parking (underground) eg King Alfred and Black Rock. It's important to everybody that visitors want to keep coming and access does not deter them.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Park & ride could be part of a mix of solutions to improve transport & congestion in the city. However the full mix needs to be researched and costed. A piecemeal approach risks making problems worse - we need to take in the whole picture first.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “It's acceptable as an interim measure, but ultimately it's not the answer.”
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees

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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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “We will lift tax allowance up to £11,500 because people on minimum wage should not be paying tax and everybody will bnefit especially lower earners. This policy will unlock the benefit trap. Removing NI & having a flat tax promotes jobs & prosperity.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “It is fair that most able to pay support those most in need. Greens want to see progressive taxation combined with clear, honest explanations of what the taxes will fund.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Higher earners should pay a bit more tax.”
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Too much = too complicated and time consuming. Need simple and strong policing.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “If the government had better regulated the financial services sector some of the worst problems could have been avoided. So while overly-complex rules need to be eliminated to help small businesses, this needs to be balanced with better regulation.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “People are stressed out enough already, the rich will be able to pollute to their hearts content! Nuclear and clean coal and new technologies will make affordable energy available for all. Be efficient!”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    agrees
    “It is the Green view that with renewable energy & strong taxpayer-funded energy efficiency measures we could meet the climate change challenge without increasing fuel bills. In fact green measures would reduce many energy bills.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “But we do need to protect people on the lowest incomes and eradicate fuel poverty.”
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Strongly agree government should tackle climate change. some people at the moment struggle to pay their energy bills”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We want to see more richer people, they are the investors that create jobs. More people well off and rich, no-one suffering. No more billionaires tho! Thrive together!”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Inequality is a serious and growing problem in our country. Greens want to close that gap - it would be a disaster if the rich grew even richer leaving the poor behind.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Frontline services should improve by spending less on admin, meetings, reports, office blocks, procedure, consultants, etc and focus on 'customer service'. Too many organisations are internally driven by hierarchies and process, switch focus!”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “A recession is absolutely the wrong time to be cutting back public sector spending. We need to take action to restructure the economy, create jobs and support those in need - not cut them loose.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “People have paid for cradle to grave care all their lives! Fund and empower local councils by letting them kep half of businss rates and 5 of the 17+%Vat collected locally. Current District nurse and soc serv system can work if funded better.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “People have paid taxes all their lives on the basis that the state would care for them if needed. That's the social contract of our society and it's how a humane society should work.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “How would the sick, disabled, people on low earnings,people with mental health problems provide for their retirement. Is retirement only for the rich?”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Massive housing shortage, at least 1 million homes required just to house people suffering on the waiting lists and wanting to buy. This undermines every young person's life chances. Hence, binge drinking, drug problem, crime increase, hoplessness.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “This is a complex issue and the priority must be a system that is fair and non-discriminatory. Where we are limiting numbers, our priority must be to meet our obligations to refugees and those seeking sanctuary.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Local pople must decide. Some areas will welcome increased security. Others hate to be watched. Depends on virulence of crime history locally.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    agrees
    “CCTV is useful in a limited number of locations, but can just push crime it into areas without CCTV. Cameras are costly to install, rarely well maintained and have plenty of blind spots. However, well used in moderation, they are an important tool.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Loaded question! Best if child has two people totally committed to them forevr, whatever. And for the child to know that. We are against any form of discrimination by category. Come on! What has sexuality got to do with commitment to parenting!”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “It's not for politicians to tell people how to live their lives. People of all backgrounds, sexuality and marital status can make excellent parents.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Oh yeah? They lied about Lisbon referendum! And expenses! Tip of a dreadful iceberg. There is a case for carting the lot off to the Tower for treason! Or just stupidity, venal gullible childish vainglorious silliness of the highest order! Some ok tho”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Labour and Tories both have long lists of broken promises. Their manifestos dodge the fundamental problems with our economy & the challenge of climate change. They want to tinker at the edges and carry on with business as usual.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Leading question again: No, not possible. Ideally, yes, but seed money, stimulation, infrastructure support required, must pay off culturally or financially in the long run tho.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Arts are vital for freedom of expression, cultural enrichment and maintaining a rich & diverse society. The benefit they deliver is well worth the support government offers.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I actually disagree, but your system would understand. I don't think we should negotiate! Repeal the 1972 Act and all subsequent Acts in one vote in first sevn days and REMOVE THE EU FORTHWITH! TELL THEM Free trade like Switzerland & 59 others”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The EU is by no means perfect, Greens have long been calling for reform of many of its processes and institutions. But there are positives too: The EU's actions have strengthened human rights, environmental and consumer rights legislation in the UK.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Iran is unstable and cannot be trusted to behave sensibly until changed regime. If can persuade its necessary to avoid a holocaust in the Middle East, I would support military action to save millions of lives. But I would take some persuading!”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Western military action would be disastrous for the people of Iran. The answer is diplomacy and disarmament. It's hypocritical for us to say we can have nuclear weapons but others can't join the club.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Have put Neutral as no other box to tick. Before going to war would want facts and not a dodgy dossier”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Another simple question for a difficult problem. Act to minimise casualties now. Find a way to get British troops out of there 1 without breaking our treaty obligations within NATO 2 so we don't end up back where we were with Al Quaeda victorious.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “There are no military solutions to the crisis in Afghanistan, and lives are being lost on all sides. We need to start a phased withdrawal immediately and work to support local reconstruction, not foreign-imposed solutions.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “we need a phased withdrawal from Afghanistan and we need to support our troops.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Nigel Carter (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Again a leading question. Yes, govt to govt. No, direct 'drill a water well' to advance poor helpless people to help themselves.”
    Caroline Lucas (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We have a high quality of life in the UK and a long history of economic power. Combined with our colonial past, we have a duty to help those in need overseas. This isn't to say it should be just handouts, but positive, sustainable projects.”
    Nancy Platts (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Bernadette Millam (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees

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