This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Edinburgh South West on a wide range of issues

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Labour Party
Alistair Darling
(Labour Party)
Communist League Election Campaign
Caroline Bellamy
(Communist League Election Campaign)
because we couldn't contact them
Conservative Party
Jason Rust
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

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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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    agrees
    “I'd be content to see Tax being applied equally. At the moment high earners pay less as a percentage of their income than the poor. Redressing that would be a good start.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly agrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Regulation is necessary - deregulation is the removal of laws that have usually been put in place after something terrible has happened.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    is neutral
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “But it would be better if they moved taxation off income for lower earners and onto green taxes.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    “I dont think bills have to automatically go up, incentive schemes should be investigated.”
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “It's too unequal as it is. The widening gap between rich and poor is a travesty. More equal societies are healthier, wealthier and happier.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly agrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Stimulus spending can help to bring a recession to an end. Cutting spending is liable to extend the recession - or even double dip it.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly agrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We pay enough tax during our lifetimes to expect to be taken care of - properly in retirement.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The state must be there as the ultimate safety net, but people should be encouraged to make their own provision”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    is neutral
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
    Select what YOU think to reveal their answers: strongly
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    agrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Loving parents - married, single, straight or gay provide the best environment for children.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    “the make up of a family has changed from the traditional model, the love and stability that can be provided to children is the most important factor.”
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    is neutral
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats attach real value to relationships, to commitment and to love, but do not seek to limit or prescribe what makes for a strong relationship. We believe that gay and lesbian couples can be as good parents as heterosexual couples. W”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Duck House.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    is neutral
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I'm talking about the local unpaid activists that do hours and hours of unpaid work up and down the country in support of their beliefs”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    agree
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    disagrees
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
    Select what YOU think to reveal their answers: strongly
    agree
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    disagrees
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    disagrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
    Select what YOU think to reveal their answers: strongly
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    agrees
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    “all nuclear weapons are immoral.”
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly agrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Ceertainly not on it's own-it must act in co-operation with other countries/institutuins”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    is neutral
    “We cannot go until it is a little more stable but I would like to see the focus changed to a peacekeeping mission which encouraged the development of infrastructure.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I disagree with the terms of this question, they are not "needed" in Afghanistan, which is why our military occupation is opposed by the majority of Afghan people.”
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    disagree
    Clare Cooney (Scottish Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We do not spend enough.”
    Kaukab Stewart (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim McKay (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees

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