This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Hornsey and Wood Green on a wide range of issues

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Karen Jennings
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Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The A&E unit at the Whittington Hospital shouldn't be closed.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “I prefer going to the Whittington, the thought of having to go to UCL or the Royal Free is a nightmare, those places are already over subscribed”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The people of Hornsey and Wood Green need, and deserve, local health services that are just that - local.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We have given a guarantee that it will not be closed”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The maternity unit should also be kept”
  • Extra public money should be spent on improving public transport to the new Hornsey Hospital site.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    is neutral
    “There is a regular bus service the W7”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I've been campaigning for this for 18 months. TfL and Haringey PCT have acknowledged, finally, that they weren't looking at the right problem but the fight goes on to ensure that the new site is accessible to those who need its services.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “I cannot believe that this issue was not spotted at planning stage - a poor performance by elected representatives at the time”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The closure of the Northern line each weekend until Nov 2011 is inexcusable.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Infrastructure like that should not be shut every weekend. The tourist income lost alone is bad never mind everybody elses disrupted journeys”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We all want a better Northern Line service, but 82 weeks of weekend closures is unfair on local residents and businesses.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Conservatives in Hornsey have already secured the undertaking that this will now not happen.”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Schools in Haringey should be funded on the same basis as other neighboring boroughs, reflecting deprivation and challenges.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    is neutral
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It is simply unfair that our children are not given the same funding as neighborouging boroughs, especially as our schools pay inner-London wages. I secured a debate in Westminster to discuss this and will continue to fight for fair funding.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “All local political parties support this NUT initiative”
    Pete McAskie (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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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “we can abolish income tax tomorrow, by lowering levels of spending to 2001 levels.”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our tax proposals include the biggest tax switch in generations, a radical overhaul to make sure those at the top pay their fair share in order to put money back in the pockets of people who need it.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Business tariffs in the UK are shockingly high, and barriers to free trade also create problems.”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Government should provide an environment that allows businesses to flourise and innovate, without being a participant itself.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “There is no climate change. This is not a problem as far as I am concerned. The whole thing is false. The Volcano put into the atmosphere more CO2 than any man made interventions in the last 100 years.”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But not for the poorest - Liberal Democrats are committed to fair fuel bills. At the moment energy companies charge you less for your energy the more you use. That’s unfair and environmentally crazy.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We are sending £45 million pounds a day to Brussels to prop up Europe If we didnt we would be in a better state”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “There is a real need to tackle the unequal distribution of wealth in Britain. We want to make the tax system fairer, and tackle discrimination in the workplace.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    is neutral
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The current economic climate will require a degree of restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring down the deficit.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We should look to control expenditure”
    Pete McAskie (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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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    disagrees
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We will restore the link between pensions and earnings immediately so pensioners’ living standards finally start to improve. Our elderly should get the support they deserve.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “There should be a mix of provision”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “People who come here are not integrating, properly due to the massive influx. It is time to carefully select those who may enter.”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The system has been mismanaged. As happens in Australia, Liberal Democrats will vary the points-based system to allow migrants to gain extra points for moving to areas that want more people.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    is neutral
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “There should be none Better policing and better education would lower crime.”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The last 15 years or so has seen an exponential increase in the growth of the use of CCTV. We must halt the spread of the survellience society and debate the proper regulation of CCTV.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    disagrees
    “A loving home with a working parent or parents even of the same sex is just as good”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I value relationships, commitment, and love, but I do not want to prescribe what makes for a strong relationship. You do not have to be married, or heterosexual, to provide a loving environment for a child to flourish.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “There are many family models today and noone has the right to define success”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    disagrees
    “They follow their party agenda, they cannot go against the party whip, that means they have to be dishonest at times.”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The last 12 months has seen a serious erosion of the trust the British public has in its elected politicians. The Lib Dems will work to ensure that politicians are more accountable to those that they are supposed to represent.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    disagrees
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education and even fighting crime.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    agrees
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats believe that there should be an in/out referendum the next time a British Government signs up for fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU. We will campaign strongly for Britain to stay in the EU.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “What is needed is a renegotiation of relationship, not leaving a major trading block”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We oppose military action against Iran as it will only make a volatile situation worse. The international community must act together, especially the US, China, the EU and Russia.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “far too simplistic a question”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should buy the opium crop and get our boys back now”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The Liberal Democrats are criticial supporters of the Afghanisatan mission. The Labour Government failed to properly equip our troops and it is only now that a strategy that has a hope of success has been implemented.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “The best way forward is a regional peace process involving all the Afghan people and the countries in the region.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Dr Rohen Kapur (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “If we cut foreign aid we could improve our own infrastructure”
    Lynne Featherstone (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats are committed to working towards a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice. We will increase the UK’s aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 and enshrine that target in law.”
    Richard Merrin (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “We are committed to 0.7% of GDP going in aid”
    Pete McAskie (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees

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