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

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Labour Party
Jamie McMahon
(Labour Party)
Liberal Democrats
Patrick O'Connor
(Liberal Democrats)
Conservative Party
Edward Leigh
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Extra public money should be made available to ease the impact of immigration in Gainsborough.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “stop immigration .no more money to ease the impact.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I want to see the end of immigration. The benefits of immigration have been eliminated by immigration itself.”
  • The auditor's report on the investigation into WLDC Planning Department irregularities should be published without delay.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Corruption abounds!”

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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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “bankers and footballers have done well out of us and all these rich people should be contributing more. some of these greedy people don`t evn want to pay tax.obscene”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Fair tax for all! The wealthy create wealth, tax them too highly, they can afford to opt out of society.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “leave business to look after itself .successful people willalways be successful despite government help or hindrance.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The government should prevent foreigners from buying our companies, they should remain in British hands.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “climate change is a myth designed to scare us to pay more taxes.one volcano can stop air travel for 5 days.if there is a war between man and nature ,I back nature.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Man made climate change is a myth, a scam to raise more tax.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “just look what happened in tsarist Russia.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We can look after ourselves, we can trade where it suits us!”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “I would spend less.The problems are created by incompetent politicians,all they know how to do is spend our money.Money is not always is the answer ,in fact a lot of the time itis part of the problem.Spend less;better.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    agrees
    “The NHS is underfunded, this can be topped up by withdrawing from Afghanistan, NOW.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “There should be a set pension for everyone and if thrifty people want to save more to have more in retirement then that should be encouraged”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “We need both systems.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Freeze immigration indefinitely and deport all illegals.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This must be stopped and reversed, NOW.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “too many CCTV cameras and millions of potholes.Priorities all wrong.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The most spied on country in the world.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We need to return to the 'nuclear' family.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “where have you been this last 12 months”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The British National Party will prevail because it thrives on the truth. Truth sits uncomfortably on some ears.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “non essential public spending/”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “The arts form a large part of our culture, it must be promoted.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “No negotiations, just get out, NOW!”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We must have armed neutrality. Meddling in islamic countries has caused too many problems for us!”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Out by xmas”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Out NOW!”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Stephen Pearson (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “lets get our own house in order ,financially,first .then maybe we can help others.”
    Malcolm Porter (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This must stop NOW. We fund countries with large standing armies, nuclear weapons and space programmes whilst our grannies starve.”

Answers by party

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