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Communist League Election Campaign
Paul Davies
(Communist League Election Campaign)
because we couldn't contact them
Direct Democracy (Communist) Party
Nusret Sen
(Direct Democracy (Communist) Party)
Independent
Jane Tuckett
(Independent)
Liberal Party
Ben Rae
(Liberal Party)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Mike King
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
because we couldn't contact them
Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship
John Williams
(Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
Conservative Party
Simon Nayyar
(Conservative Party)
Labour Party
Meg Hillier
(Labour Party)
Independent
Michael Spinks
(Independent)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Public funds should be spent on staff who would direct traffic at the exit of Mare Street Narroway during peak period, to ensure buses are not held up and end up backed up all the way down Lower Clapton High Street.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Surely it should be possible to fix the junction without having a person standing there managing the traffic? Perhaps putting a pedestrian crossing upstream from it would break the traffic flow and let buses out?”
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I have spent many a precious 30 minutes held up on Narroway myself, and understand that something must be done to change the route of buses, especially during peak periods. I would support changing bus routes accordingly, to avoid Narroway.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Why not just have a traffic light system that gives buses priority?”
  • Public funds should be spent on plain-clothed police on bicycles, tasked with issuing penalty charge notices to aggressive drivers.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Aggressive driving is a problem all across London and the UK, but I don't think the police have the budget for this kind of thing unfortunately. Better use of cameras on junctions with cycle stop zones might be good though.”
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “The trouble is in how to define 'agressive'. I would rather spend the public funds on more police in general on the streets, dealing with all kinds of crime. If they see someone driving dangerously, they can issue notices accordingly.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “There is a lot of crime in Hackney. I'm not sure this is the best prioritisation of limited resources.”
  • More dedicated bus lanes should be introduced across Hackney to give them priority over cars.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Hackney already has pretty good bus lanes; what I would work towards is a wider enforcement period (many are not operational on weekends, for example), and to restrict any parking in bus lanes, which currently renders them inoperative.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I agree strongly with this in general. But only 'agree' here as we already have lots of bus lanes in Hackney.”
  • It is good that approval was given for the 51-storey Bishops Place development in Shoreditch.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    disagrees
    “The Spitalfields Market redevelopment killed the character of the area, I'm concerned this one will do the same.”
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Shoreditch is a creative, culturally diverse and vibrant community. This building fails to serve that community, and instead simply fills the pockets of developers.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “There are still lots of questions to be answered, not least - how much will the council get for it? Are there any conflicts of interest in the council providing planning permission. We need to see the facts.”
  • Secure cycle parking should be provided as a high priority across Hackney, to ensure delivery of the Hackney Cycle Plan.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, this is Lib Dem policy in Hackney, as is extending the zone 1 cycle hire scheme to include Hackney.”
  • The Hackney Cycle Plan should include a commitment to bollard-off more residential streets at one end, to stop them being rat runs for cars and give priority to bicycles.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    agrees
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I agree with giving priority to bikes. But residents may not want their streets closed at one end. You can't be generic like this, I believe in consulting widely with all users of roads.”
  • The Hackney Council local plan should give higher priority to the cultural and historical importance of existing sites, e.g. Foundry in Shoreditch being knocked down to clear space for Luxury Hotel Chain.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “I'm a great fan of the Foundry. It's cheap and friendly, and friends of mine have held exhibitions there. The proposed 'art hotel' is hideous.”
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Too often, Hackney Council make planning decisions based on financial investment rather than than the precious architectural and cultural heritage of Hackney. On the contrary, these should be at the forefront of Planning decisions.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The Lib Dems were the only party to vote against the planning permission given to the hotel chain on that site. We have consistently publicly stated that the Foundry should be relocated first. eg see www.hoxtonresidents.org.uk”

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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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Greens have the most radical yet most fair system of redistributive taxation. As it is, taxation disproportionately effects poorer people.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, especially bankers. And it is Lib Dem party policy to cut taxes for poorer people.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    disagrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Business currently has far too much freedom to ride roughshod over delicate communities and individual fulfillment. I believe that business should serve the people, not the other way round.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Greens would move all energy production to renewable; this does not necessarily mean higher bills.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Inequality is already far too extreme. The more equal a society is the more fulfilled it is and the more it flourishes. See: The Spirit Level, and many other studies!”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We held a public meeting on this last year in Hackney - see www.hackneylibdems.org.uk/events. Inequal societies are bad news for everyone, rich and poor”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    is neutral
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Money can be saved from cuts elsewhere, such as nuclear proliferation, tax breaks currently going to business, and a more equal system of taxation.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “You can't increase spending across the board when the country is so much in debt. Some areas yes, but not everything. And other areas will have to face cuts.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    disagrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “After working hard for their communities and country all their lives, I think the least a state can do is enable all people to have a comfortable and dignified retirement!”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “There has to be a balance here. Personal responsibility is part of that.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    disagrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has been used as a scape-goat for the country's problems for too long. It has been ineffecitvely managed by successive governments, but I do not agree that levels are too high.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “In some parts of the country, yes. In others, British employers need immigrants to do the jobs that Brits just won't do.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Safety and crime levels are of priority importance. But there are other ways of tackling crime than spying on our communities.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “A secure, loving family, whatever its gender-balance, is the best environment in which to raise a family.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “That scenario is fine, but modern families come in all shapes and sizes. We shouldn't discriminate against other types of family, which can also bring up children well.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    disagrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Power corrupts...”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Actually, yes, most are. But the minority give the rest a really bad name.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    is neutral
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Sadly, the free market capitalist system is not a fair, balanced one. The arts cannot be expected to compete in such a system.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I used to be a trustee of an arts charity. In our economic system, they won't pay for themselves. So we need to support them if we are to keep them, which I want.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    disagrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “The EU has done much for the strength and balance of the UK.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    agrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    agrees
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The only time when military action is acceptable is when our own safety, and/or those of our close allies/friends, is in danger.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    is neutral
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “I support the withdrawal of troops from Afganistan.”
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We can't allow the Taliban to win, as they could then do the same in Pakistan. I've written more about this on www.daveraval.com, under "Questions you've asked"”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Denny de la Haye (Independent)
    disagrees
    Polly Lane (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should spend 0.7% of GDP, as the Lib Dems have committed to do. We don't yet.”

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