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Independent
Andrew Graham
(Independent)
English Democrats Party
Mike Tibby
(English Democrats Party)
Labour Party
Clive Efford
(Labour Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • More money needs to be put into preventing Blackwall Tunnel accidents.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I need information on this.i was not aware of accidents being a problem. I have been using the tunnel for 30 years and never ever seen an accident there 1”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I have visited the Tunnel with TfL and continue to lobby the Mayor of London on this issue.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “In the longer term, attract drivers away from the Tunnel by extending the fast Jubilee Line from North Greenwich to New Eltham”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “With overnight closures means there should be a reinstatement of contraflow movements; aligned to this safety concerns do not necessarily mean more money, as I disovered in my time working for a transport safety charity”

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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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “every one is going to take the pain .I want justice for all and that includes rich people.”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “It is hoped that we can avoid yet more tax increases in the next Parliament, especially when a review of spending is long overdue. For this reason, we have not been able to pledge the immediate removal of the 50% tax band.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “Any disproportionate raises for high earners will result in a 'brain drain' which would result in an ultimate fall in tax revenues”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The higher the inequality, the sadder the society”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our tax proposals include the biggest tax switch in generations, a radical overhaul to make sure those at the top pay their fair share in order to put money back in the pockets of people who need it, including cuts to the basic rate.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “there is now a mountain of regulation and fencing that is costing business and the country vast sums. reduce the red tape from the EU straightjacket in particular”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Bureaurocracy and high corporate taxes are stifling business along with a constant stream of new 'regulations' from the EU”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Look what light regulation led to in the case of the banks”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “bankrupting Britain on the unproven theory that MAN is causing warming is just madness. britain produces 2% of the carbon emmissions and yet we are going to save the world ? Nutty ? I think so.”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We need to tackle climate change but I think energy bills are already very high. The Conservatives have pledged up to £6500 per household to help improve energy efficiency and we would support initiatives to extend green energy provision.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “There is now increasing scientific evidence (sometimes supressed) to support the idea that man-made climate change is a myth”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Once sources of renewable energy are in place, fuel bills will be far more stable.”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But not for the poorest - we’ll protect the poorest customers by making energy firms create “social” tariffs at lower prices for those who need them.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Just what does this statement refer to ? I do not understand it .”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    agrees
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We have proposed a rebalancing of the tax system that will put £700 in the pocket of the average working age person and remove 3.6 million people from the income tax system altogether”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Irrespective of the state of the finances? Beginning to worry who are the people who asked these questions”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “We have committed to spending more on the NHS year after year, the only mainstream political party that has done so.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Essential services should be maintained, while cutting Politically Correct spending on 'diversity',translation services”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “By not spending on the wrong things and by spending on the right things, we will maintain prosperity and social cohesion - see Green Party manifesto.”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The current economic climate will require a degree of restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring down the deficit.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Another wierd question. of course those who have nothing will be looked after.”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “Our voluntary scheme will help avoid thousands of people selling their homes to pay for social care; but the State must always help those who cannot afford to look after themselves.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “The current 'benefits' system discourages people from saving for retirement as those who have small private and company pensions are sometimes no better off than those who have made no personal provision”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “There will always be those who cannot do this. Therefore increase the state pension to £170 a week but tax it - see Green Party manifesto.”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “we will restore the link between pensions and earnings immediately so pensioners’ living standards finally start to improve. We will also relax the rules on access to personal pensions, so people can access the tax free lump sum before they retire”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “5000 a week now enter Britain. Immigration is out of our control and in the hands of EU bureaucrats. we will need a new city like Birmingham every 5 years. Madness without doubt.”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We are the only party with a realistic plan to tackle uncontrolled immigration in a fair and reasonable way.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The UK is now one of the most densely populated country - we are a small island and we are full up. It's about Space not Race”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “This cannot be adequately answered in 250 characters - see Green Party manifesto.”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has been too high in some parts of the country, which has stretched public services and damaged community cohesion. Other areas want more people to help their economy grow”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We can be spied on at every turn but we are not allowed to photograph a policeman. says it all i think. Police State here we come.”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “On those occasions when CCTV may help to identify criminals, they are welcomed.”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    agrees
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We believe that a Royal Commission should be established to make urgent recommendations on the use and regulation of CCTV in a bid to protect privacy.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The family takes many different forms and whilst a child raised in a married household has a statistically better chance of succeeding in life, many children grow up to be well rounded successful people in lone parent homes too.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “A marriage certificate does not guarantee a loving family environment nor its absence an unloving one”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I believe that gay and lesbian couples can be as good parents as heterosexual couples and you don’t have to be married to be committed to your partner. Marriage is not a substitute for love, commitment and respect.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    is neutral
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    agrees
    “I guess that most are honest, but many misguided.”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Some are, but many have not so Liberal Democrats would introduce a ‘recall’ system in which a small percentage of constituents could force a by-election for any MP found to be corrupt wrongdoing.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “having worked in a susidised Arts organisation all my life i have to disagree with this !”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    is neutral
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education and even fighting crime.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The EU is forming itself into the New Soviet Union . it is authoritarian and anti democratic. ireland being made to vote twice for example and Britain not being given a vote at all ! This EU sraightjacket will fester and fester until the british are”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “I believe the British Prime Minister should take a strong lead in negotiations with Europe to get the best deal for Britain and not to simply isolate us from the rest of the world.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The BNP would campaign for immediate withdrawal”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Britain has nuclear weapons .Israel has them. As a sovereign country Iran is entitled as well. mutual destruction is everyones fall back position. The nuclear genie is out of the bottle and will never go back in.”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “We should be working to secure a peaceful and sensible outcome with Iran, not threatening a nuclear holocaust.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The BNP would not get involved in any military action that was not in our own national interest”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education and even fighting crime.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “I want the troops out as soon as possible. The USA should not dictate our foreign policy as it does at the moment.”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We sent troops there to do a job. Once it is completed we should withdraw them. A National Security Council would ensure those troops are given the leadership, training and equipment they need for the task.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The BNP policy is for an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We are critical supporters of the mission in Afghanistan. We believe that the new strategy is the last, best hope for success. We do not believe we can turn Afghanistan into a modern democracy. But a more stable, secure Afghanistan is”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Ray Adams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We are broke and bust thanks to McLoon (who will soon be gone). We have no money for our own needs let alone donating aid to nuclear powers like India and China”
    David Gold (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We are committed to increasing spending on international aid to 0.7% of national income by 2013.”
    Roberta Woods (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “With our huge budget defecit, we canot afford the luxury of foreign aid - especially as it goes to countries like India and China whose economies are growing at a rate that far exceeds our own, and Pakistan who are pursuing a nuclear deterrent”
    Arthur Hayles (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “I think that some of the money we spend on trying to kill people in developing countries might be better spent on aid, trying to help them.”
    Steven Toole (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We will increase the UK’s aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 and enshrine that target in law”

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