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James Gitau
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Gavin Barwell
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Cliff le May
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Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Free parking in Coulsdon should be extended to all parts of the constituency.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    disagrees
    “If you live in Coulsdon you should be entitled to a residence parking permit that is the way I think it should be and stay.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Free parking would bring more business into Croydon Central and boost jobs.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “People should be encouraged to walk, or go by bus or tram.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “we are aiming to introduce 30 minutes free parking across the borough to help local shops and businesses”
  • Extra public money should be spent on improving current domestic recycling facilities.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    is neutral
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “I am pro recycling but against the Croydon/Sutton Incinerator on health grounds.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • All dogs should be on leashes, not allowed to roam in public.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    agrees
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Dogs should not be allowed to foul pavements or parks and owners should clean up if they do, however dogs should be allowed a run in parks providing they are friendly and well trained.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    “Dogs in public spaces need to be kept under control, which does not necesarily mean being on a leash at all times.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • UK-wide immigration issues should be devolved away from their concentration in this borough (at Lunar House) as the current situation places an unfairly high burden on the residents of Croydon.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    agrees
    “I agree that this may be a burden especially to money, but if we move it we will just be shifting our problem else where, doing this we don't solve the problem.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Croydon bears an unfair burden and should receive more money form the UK Government. UKIP wants a five year stop on immigration followed by a points system along Australian lines.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “the National Asylum Distribution System enaures that Asylum seekers are distributed evenly across the UK so croydon does not care for an above average share”
  • The refused planning consent of 2008 should be enforced at Pear Tree Farm, which continues to function as a waste/landfill centre.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    is neutral
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “The EU landfill Reductions directive set impossible targets requiring bin collection cuts and the building of incinerators. Unfortunately we cannot do without Pear Tree Farm and the Crodon/Sutton incinerator is even more unpopular.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    disagrees

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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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “If we have high earners like Politicians they should contribute to society to help out the people that may need the help because if we don't help each other out it will be a sad day for British Politics.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “UKIP will introduce a flat tax inclusive of National Insurance at 31% payable after you have earned £11,500 per annum. We can and will cut taxes by leaving the EU and cutting it's red tape.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    agrees
    “This has been a good thing when it has come to the rescue for Alders in Croydon.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The same UK government that failed to regulate the banks and then allowed the EU to impose regulation also allowed reams of VAT and other over regulation and charges business rates payable even on empty premises.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    “It is the job of government to regulate business in ways which help social cohesion and environmental sustainability.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “recent intervention in the banking sector has been both necessary and beneficial”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Energy companies are showing in certain advertisements they are sending out how to help us use less energy and save money I think if the government help out these companies we can make a change.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “UKIP does not believe in man made climate change. We support recycling but not incinerators. We will invest in better flooding and coastal defences but we will get rid of innefective and costly wind farms and replace them with Nuclear power.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The danger of climate change, and the need for renewable energy sources, is the biggest problem facing the world in the next few decades. Carbon emissions urgently need to be reduced otherwise there will be a global catastrophe and mass extinction.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “By taxing people only after they have earned £11,500 at a flat 31% UKIP will enrich the low waged and boost the economy. However we support hard work, enterprise and equality of opportunity not lowering everyone to the same poverty.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    “The happiest and most harmonious societies are the one in which there is more equality of wealth and opportunity, not the ones with greatest wealth but unequal distribution.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    agrees
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Only UKIP can do this without raising taxes because we will have an Independence Dicvident from leaving the EU and cutting their red tape.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    “Funding for essential services can be found by scrapping nuclear weapons and managing more efficiently.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “this is certainly an aspiration”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    disagrees
    “If people work all their lives they should get a good company pension and if they pay into a private pension they should not be taxed on it as they are paying to invest in their future, the government needs to help people that need state pension”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The UK are now liable for the EU pensions bill of 26 other Nations. If we don't get out the welfare state will crumble. Until UKIP defeat the LibLabCon people must prepare for the worst”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    “It's not an either-or choice: retired people are uspported by the collective efforts of the whole of society. The state is merely the collective embodiments of the people as a whole.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    agrees
    “We know immigration is good for Businesses that may need certain skills from abroad but when we see an increase to the extent that people are illegally coming to Britain from France we need to sort that out.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The EU has given 500m EU citizens the right to come and live in Britain whilst restricting entry from the Commonwealth. This is unsustainable & also racist. UKIP wants a five year stop followed by a points system.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Each immigrant has one mouth but two hands. The economy should be organised so that people build society for the benefit of everyone.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Introduction of a points based system will ensure that immigration is restricted to people with skills in areas in which we face skills shortages”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    disagrees
    “New Addington needs more and I would say the rural areas in the UK like Addington would need more for the public to feel safer.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The UK is a snooper society introduced by a government that employs former extremists as advisors.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    “I have no problem with CCTV cameras, as long as the data from them is stored and used safely.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “CCTV cameras when deployed in the right places are an excellent tool to combat crime - both as a deterrent and to ensure criminals are identified and convicted”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    is neutral
    “It doesn't matter and shouldn't matter if you are homosexual or heterosexual and married you can be a good parent and provide a good environment if you love each other and care about the kids that should be what matters not your sexual preference.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “I am not against Gay adoption but I am pro family and object to faith orphanages being forced to allow adoption against their principles. So long as someone will assist gay couples the Government should not interfere.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    “Stability is the requirement for raising children. Gay and unmarried couples can be equally loving and responsible.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “A loving, stable environment is the ideal - be the couple married, hetrosexual or not. Not all married couples can provide that - though I do support the institution of marriage!”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Expenses scandal, Iraq War enquires, 2nd jobs the list goes on.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Our MPs were in charge of their own rules on expenses and some still broke the rules whilst most took andvantage. The fraudsters should be prosecuted and jailed.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    “Some MPs were lead astray by the temptations of the old expenses system, which was not policed properly by the Fees Office. But that has been reformed, and in any case the UK is much better than many other countries in terms of honest politicians.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “reforms in MP's expenses should ensure that the public can hold their parliamentarians to account”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    disagrees
    “The Government help acquire everyone's tastes why should art be any different from the likes of football?”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I would like to see more investment in the arts, especially the British Film industry. I would support State finance of young directors etc to get the ball rolling.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    “Free museums, and available sports and cultural centres are part of a harmonious society where young people feel that their lives mean something. Jobs and money are not the only thing to aim for.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We are in a growing economical market where prices of food,drink ect are the same if we withdraw from europe we will pay more for items other pay less for.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The only way out of our economioc crisis and re-establish Democracy is to leave the EU, claw bacvk our contibutions and cyut EU red tape.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes - except that we do not need to "negotiate". We can get out and get our independence back.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    disagrees
    “If a country has nuclear weapons they could use them to hold the world to ransom we need to protect ourselves and others.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “If Israel overflies Jordan and Iraq to attack Iran or the USA attacks Iran I would prefer the UK to stay out of it. If Iranian backed terrorists threaten the UK then we will have no option but to respond.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Iran should follow the example of North Korea. The DPRK has not been attacked, invaded or bombed by the USA because it has the ability to defend itself.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    agrees
    “We have a job to do there protect and train their army to cope for when we leave.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “UKIP backs our troops in Afghanistan but we believe New Labour have lost track of what they hope to achieve by risking our peoples lives there. We must bring our troops home.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “British troops are not "needed" in Afghanistan at all - it was never any of our business to send them there in the first place.”
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Peter Lambell (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Michael Castle (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Chillie needed our help and international aid we helped the country the day we stop shall be a sad one as we will be watching humans die.”
    Ralph Atkinson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The giving and taking away of aid is a means to control poorer Nations. We are facing an economic crisis anyway. UKIP belives in prosperity through free tade eg getting rid of the CAP that obstructs African farmers exporting to the EU.”
    John Cartwright (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Bernice Golberg (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Gerry Ryan (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “am committed to the 0.7% target by 2012”

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