This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr on a wide range of issues

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Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales
Jonathan Edwards
(Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
John Atkinson
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
Conservative Party
Andrew Morgan
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Options to keep Pantycelyn school open and reduce its financial defecit should be debated in public.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “And I am sure will be as part of the consultation. Carmarthenshire County Council has a duty to keep listening and engaging with parents, students, teachers and residents.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I support human scale education- such as Ysgol Pantycelyn. Also I think it is essential that Schools are looked at also within their wider community regeneration context. Pantycelyn is VITAL”

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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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “No taxes are popular, but we have to protect those people on modest or low incomes. We all have to bear the burden of the recession and help with the recovery, but those people with the strongest shoulders should help the most.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Chwarae teg= Fairness=Liberal Democrat principle”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I think we have the balance just about right.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “But there should be additional help for smaller businesses to get credit to survive/grow- and transitional help with business rate reassessment”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “But we need to mak the means of energy efficiency readily available to all citizens particularly the fuel poor.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Any energy policy needs to be coupled with help for targetted help for those in fuel poverty- esp the elderly”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There should always be scope for individuals to achieve but our taxation and benefits system should encourage those people who work hard and are paid very little.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Particularly in the next year to secure recovery. Wales relies on our public sector jobs; they underpin our economy - one reason why the Tories spending cuts are not popular in Wales.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We have to make reductions- but in a careful and gradual fashion- always protecting the vulnerable”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “People should increasingly look to their own future needs- but the Old Age Pension was introduced by David Lloyd George- and is obviously non negotiable”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Immigration levels are coming down. I have received overwhelming support for Labour's plans for an Australian style poitns system.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We need to be realistic about this and re-establish exit controls. We need to know the figures before fair and responsible action can be taken”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “If you have nothign to hide you have nothing to fear.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Yes- but if a local community wishes to have them installed at a particular spot in their locality, their wishes should be respected.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Love, care and a nurturing family can come in all shapes and sizes. Society has become less judgemental and, I hope, will never go back.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I know this to be a positive environment to raise a family- but am not prepared to make value judgements about singles/widowed or same sex couples doing the same”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “To the same extent as any other sector of society.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “but the expenses scandal has shown that this is not always the case..”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The arts enrich our lives.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But Government subsidy will remain an important element in arts funding”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I am proud to be Welsh, British and European. The bene fits we get far outweigh the disbenefits.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “That would be an insane move”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “A glib answer on this would be very, very wrong. I would expect days, if not weeks, of sustained information sharing before making this decision.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “We cannot rewrite history and we must in teh short and medium term support efforts in Afghanistan.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “but we need to pressurise the Karzai Govt on reform and fighting corruption- and prepare an exit strategy”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Christine Gwyther (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “All partie - even the Tories - will protect foreign aid. It is a very small proportion of our budget and is saving millions of lives.”
    Bill Powell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees

Answers by party

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