This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Foyle on a wide range of issues

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Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P.
Maurice Devenney
(Democratic Unionist Party - D.U.P.)
SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour Party)
Mark Durkan
(SDLP (Social Democratic & Labour Party))
Ulster Conservatives and Unionists
David Harding
(Ulster Conservatives and Unionists)
Alliance - Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
Keith McGrellis
(Alliance - Alliance Party of Northern Ireland)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • We asked volunteers to find local questions, but unfortunately none have been submitted for this constituency.

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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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly agrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly agrees
    “They also need to go after those who are evading and avoiding tax - mainly those who are the richest in society”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    agrees
    “British government economic policy does not address the needs of North of Ireland. We need fiscal powers transferred to the Stormont Executive so that we can devise and design our own economic policies that would benefit our local businesses.”
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “The government needs to 'interfere' more to ensure health and safety and other workers' rights are guaranteed”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly agrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly agrees
    “There would be no need for energy bills to go up if they were to invest in a Green economy”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    is neutral
    “Under British government economic policy the North of Ireland is already unequal. That is why we need fiscal powers transferred to our own Assembly.”
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly agrees
    “We already have one of the most unequal societies in the world and, as a result, higher levels of crime, depression and alienation generally than more equal societies”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    agrees
    “WHILE WE NEED TO BUILD A STRONG PRIVATE SECTOR, PUBLIC SECTOR INVESTMENT CREATES JOBS IN ANCILLARY SERVICES AND SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESSES.”
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly agrees
    “And could do so easily if they were to cancel Trident and other arms spending.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly disagrees
    “CITIZENS CONTRIBUTE TO THE WELFARE OF THE STATWE DURING THEIR WORKING LIFE THEREFORE THERE IS A RESPONSIBILITY ON GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE A PROPER STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THEM IN RETIREMENT.”
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “People pay for their pensions through National Insurance etc”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    disagrees
    “OBVIOUSLY THERE NEED TO BE SOME DEGREE OF REGULATION BUT MAKING IMMIGRATION AN ELECTION issue ONLY INFLAMES OPINION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DEBATE.”
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “Migrants contribute a lot to our society.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly agrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “CCTV cameras do not reduce crime - the jury is in on that.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    disagrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “Love and commitment is all that's needed - whether it's two men, two women, a man and a woman who are living together in love but not in marriage - or a single parent.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly disagrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “Duh! Expenses scandal....”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly disagrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “Without government subsidy, working class people would not have access to the arts.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly disagrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    is neutral
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly agrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly agrees
    “Other countries - Israel, India, Pakistan have nuclear weapons, just because our government doesn't like the nature of the democratically-elected government in Iran does not mean military action should be taken against it.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly disagrees
    “British troops even by their own government's description are part of an invasion force and therefore have no more right to be in Afganistan than they ever had in Ireland.”
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “They have already caused too many Afghani deaths and too many US/UK soldiers have died as well. THe lives of the people of Afghanistan have been ruined by the occupaion. Get out now!”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    disagree
    Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin)
    strongly disagrees
    Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit Alliance)
    strongly disagrees
    “Not enough. Britain owes a lot of reparations to a lot of countries that it colonised.”

Answers by party

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