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

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Labour Party
Richard McKenzie
(Labour Party)
Conservative Party
John Howell
(Conservative Party)
British National Party
John Bews
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Laurence Hughes
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
because we couldn't contact them

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Olga Mowforth House should be fully retained for housing the elderly in a sustainable community.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Good quality local housing for older people is essential to a mixed community.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Olga Mowforth House clearly needs improving and updating to meet the needs of the local community. It is the community itself, in consulation with those responsible for the property to decide how this would best be achieved.”
  • Funding for the redevelopment of Townlands Hospital should be guaranteed by government.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Only because this is a decision for the local health authority, the PCT. We want local decision-making and the PCT has committed funds to this project. We need to keep a close eye to make sure it happens and that will be a commitment of mine.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “As I understand it the PCT has made a decision on the redevelopment in consulatition with the local community and has the funds to achieve it.”
  • Farm land near historic villages should not be used for gravel extraction.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “In an area like Oxfordshire where land is at a premium this seems like poor land use. With Didcot so nearby it seems apparent that gravel could be brought from elsewhere by train, reducing local pollution and probably costs as well.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    agrees
    “The approach to gravel extraction is poor planning. Their are large quantities of unused waste products suitable as construction aggregates. These should be given preference.”
  • Youth service funding should be protected by the council.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We must invest in our youth and ensure that they have opportunities to meet, learn and enjoy life. By engaging with and investing in young people we guarantee the future of our society.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Inaddequate youth services are likely to result in increased anti-social behaviour and similar problems. Our communities would be the worse for it.”

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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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “This question is too crude. We believe in reducing taxes for most people, paid for by increases elsewhere but we are not planning punitive rates for rich people.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    agrees
    “A higher rate of income tax for earnings over £100,000 is fair. Reduce the disproportionate advantages the pension system currently gives to the most wealthy. Compensate for VAT disproportionately hitting the poorest.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “True, there is too much regulation and we are pledged to introduce 'sunset' clauses for all new business laws to ensure that they have an end date which can only be changed if the law itself is reviewed.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “inaddequate regulation of financial business is partly to blame for the present crisis. Fair pay and gender inequality are still significant issues. Small business should be favoured.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “This is likely to happen, whatever other parties try to say to the contrary. If we invest now in new, greener technologies, we will minimise the costs to individual households and benefit our economy.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Environmental costs are signifcant and affect us all, but are rarely properly reflected in monetary costs.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Once again too crude. There is nothing wrong with success as long as everyone is given fair opportunities and as long as we endeavour to improve general fairness through improving the situation of the worst off in our society.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Recent research has clearly identified inequality of income as a significant root cause contributing to many other social problems. Tackling inequality will help improve health, reduce crime and improve community cohesion.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “This is unlikely to be possible in the short- to medium-term, whatever others may say. Liberal Democrats have been honest about the challenges ahead for our economy and the need for restraint in the public sector, for example by limiting pay rises.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Public services need to be properly funded. This should be balanced by cuts in other areas, e.g. not replacing Trident, not introducing ID cards.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “People should provide for themselves AND there should be appropriate state provision. Once again this is too crude: this is not an 'either/or issue.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Experience shows that despite incentives, most people need the state to help them save for a pension. Almost 25% of the elderly are already in poverty.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Focusing on crude numbers misses the point. Our economy needs immigration but we must also ensure that everyone feels confident in their communities. We believe that a fair, transparent immigration policy will be good for everyone.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Migrant workers are a normal part of any economy, plenty of British people live and work abroad. A properly functioning economy will support all the people working and living within it.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, we have gone surveillance mad in the past decade with little evidence that our society has benefited.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    is neutral
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “There is no hard and fast rule. Children need security and that can be provided in a range of households. Tory tax breaks for married couples are discrimination.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Children thrive on stability and love, however that might be provided.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “True. Most politicians work very hard for a reasonable income and the rabid attacks of some media have distorted the truth too far, endangering our politics.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Politics attracts those who want power, those who want to be recognised, those who want to work for their communities and for their country. You get who you vote for.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Atrs seldom make money but they do enrich society. There will always be a role for the state and private donors in the arts.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Art has always required patronage. Art both inspires and defines aspects of our culture. Government subsidy can enhance and ecourage this, making arts more widely accesible to all.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “No government would do this, whatever they might say. We benefit hugely from Europe, mainly through trade but also from an enhanced role in the world. We should have this debate once and for all.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “There are many issues that need international and European co-operation. Much national legislation would be worthless if not tied into a wider European and international context.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Lobbing bombs at other countries isn't going to advance peace. We should engage with moderates in Iran, which has a form of democracy, albeit very different from ours, and a poor human rights record but war is not going to solve any such problems.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    agrees
    “We should lead by example in reducing the nuclear threat. Military action in such a case simply underscores the view that might is right and encourages ambitious rulers to develop significant WMD.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Too crude once again. We need a clear idea about why we are there and to work towards identifiable goals. British forces do an amazing job but they need to know what they are fighting for.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    agrees
    “"Needed" is the key word and it requires careful analysis well beyond 250 characters!”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Andrew Crick (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Many countries are desperately poor. British aid and investment to help them is something to be proud of and it should be increased.”
    Mark Stevenson (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Just as excessive inequalities within a nation are a recipe for friction and division, so it is internationally. Besides,moral responsibilities are functions of national boundaries.”

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