This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Hackney North and Stoke Newington on a wide range of issues

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Conservative Party
Darren Caplan
(Conservative Party)
Magna Carta Party
Jack Pope-de-Locksley
(Magna Carta Party)
because we couldn't contact them
Independent
Suzanne Moore
(Independent)
Independent
Paul Shaer
(Independent)
because we couldn't contact them
Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship
Maxine Hargreaves
(Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Public funds should be spent to imrprove the pedestrian flow around Dalston Kingsland station.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Constituents have not advised me that this issue is a problem for them so I cannot give a view. The bigger issue seems to be parking restrictions implemented 3 years ago.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Public funds would be ideal. But, if the Tories or a Tory/Lib Dem coalition get in, we know there will be bigger cuts in the public sector than Labour are proposing. So we may have to seek private sector sponsorship”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The crown estate shouldn't sell its properties around Victoria Park.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “From discussions with residents in Hackney North and Stoke Newington - crime and youth violence the lack of employment and affordable housing is an issue for them. Will the funds be used on these areas?”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The army showroom in Dalston Shopping Centre should be closed.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Young people who are easily influenced should not be seduced by a career in the army unless this is what they really want to do. We need our arm forces but its placement in an area of high youth unemployment sits very uncomfortably with me.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Some people have told me that they wecome it”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Public money should be spent on removing the tarmac between the green spaces on Stoke Newington common, as part of a redevelopment.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Whilst I agree that an area should look pleasing to the eye as this makes us feel good, public money should not be spent on tarmac removal whilst thousands of families are living in poorly maintained properties and are on the housing waiting list.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Public funds would be ideal. But if the Tories or a Tory/Lib Dem coalition get in we know there will be bigger cuts in the public sector than Labour are proposing. So we may have to seek private sector sponsorship”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    agrees
  • There should be more information made available about the number of asylum seekers in the constituency and what we are doing to help them.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Asylum seekers are vulnerable people who seek refuge in the UK from persecution in their own country. If publicity would help them then I agree with this question but if it would make their situation worse then I disagree.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Many refugees, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants would not want information about them and their whereabouts made publically available because they would be frightened. I personally help thousands of asylum seekers every year.”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • Public funding should be spent on a pedestrian crossing on Upper Clapton Road linking Portland Avenue and Craven Walk that facilitates the pedestrian desire line.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    is neutral
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Public funds would be ideal. But if the Tories or a Tory/Lib Dem coalition get into goverment we know there will be bigger cuts in the public sector than Labour are proposing. So we may have to seek private sector sponsorship”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    agrees
  • Hackney council should implement it's proposed borough wide 20mph speed limit.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I cannot see the benefit of a borough wide 20mph limit.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “This is an objective Hackney Council is working towards. But there are still some objectors”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The Stoke-Newington gyratory should be removed and become two-way.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    agrees
    “There is no obvious benefit for this traffic system which just makes the journey longer.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “There are widely differing views on this”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The new river path should be preserved and the perimeter of the West Resevoir made accessible to the general public.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    agrees
    “Provided this cost is balanced against wider needs in the community. It should be assessed on a cost vs outcome basis”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    agrees
  • Recycling and composting collection facilities should be provided for Stoke Newington residents that don't live on street level properties (i.e. in apartment blocks).
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    agrees
    “Recycling bins and composting collection facilites should be placed in these areas provided the cost of this is balanced against other needs in the community and the residents want this facility nearby.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees

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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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Taxes should be proportionate for all earners except those on very low incomes - the first £10,000 of earnings should be tax free.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Higher earners should pay proportionately more tax.”
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    is neutral
    “The government are not doing enough to promote alternative energy sources. However this does not mean that energy prices will rise. Energy companies are separate from the government.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Putting up energy bills suddenly would hit the poorest, particularly families, We need to try other ways first.”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    agrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    is neutral
    “I do not think public sector spending should be increased, it should be maintained and cut where necessary, such as hospital chief executive pay should not be increased at all.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We certainly should not cut public sector spending. The majority of people in Hackney work in the public sector and there will be ni alternative for them if public sector spending is slashed”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Spending needs to be maintained to protect frontline services, but there should not be overall real-terms increases to public sector expenditure right now.”
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “NI contributions pay for a state pension.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Women pensioners in particular, often have not earned enough to save for retirement. Everyone deserves a decent basic pension.”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “They should do/expect both.”
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Most "immigrants" come from Europe and have the right to reside here under EU law.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “They are about right, however, the overall system is not working effectively.”
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    agrees
    “CCTV cameras cannot replace a "bobby on the beat".”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “People are always asking me for extra cameras!”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “A loving safe environment is the best environment in which to raise a family.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Obviously it is easier to bring up a child if there are two of you. But we should not stigmatise single mothers in general. Many are excellent parents. (& I am a single parent myself)”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Not necessarily. They can, but that doesn't mean that they will, nor that other home environments aren't good, stable and successful in which to raise families.”
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I have been: a civil servant, a journalist and an MP. Members of Parliament are no more dishonest than either of those groups.”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Err, the expenses scandal?”
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Appreciation of the arts needs to be encouraged - it gives individuals a wider perspective, it also attracts tourism in this country.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We have many trade benefits with Europe. It would not make economic sense.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Britain should support all international efforts and agreed counter tactics by the UN and NATO in relation to Iran.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Military action in those circumstances would be illegal.”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    disagree
    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    agrees
    “But there should be a timeline for their withdrawal.”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I visited Afghanistan last year. We are propping up a rotten regime and are seen as an army of occupation. We should get and allow the UN to play a role.”
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Nigel Knapp (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
    is neutral
    Alessandra Williams (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Foreign Aid is a loan which we will get back with interest!”
    Diane Abbott (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Keith Angus (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Matt Sellwood (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees

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