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

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Conservative Party
Alan Lamb
(Conservative Party)
British National Party
Kevin Meeson
(British National Party)
Independent
We Beat The Scum One Nil
(Independent)
because we couldn't contact them
Labour Party
Hilary Benn
(Labour Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Recycling services in the inner city are inadequate and must be extended to cover a greater range of recyclables.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “However, plans are already in hand for glass recycling and food waste collections. The issue that still needs to be tackled is frequency of collection.”
  • The council must increase funding for better maintenance of its public parks and squares.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “There is no extra money. Resources of the council will have to be used more smartly and other alternatives like paying user groups to run parks will have to be considered.”
  • The density of Houses of Multiple Occupancy is too high and should be reduced.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The council now has the power to prevent more HMOs being created. They must use it.”
  • An enquiry should be funded to investigate how to address health inequalities in deprived wards.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We all know what the problems are. Poor housing and poorer education. My party's pupil premium will tackle the seond problem. Action to provide decent housing needs a publ;ic sector provision”

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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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The UK has seen a steady rise in the gap between low income earners and high income earners. Redistribution in favour of low and middle income earners is essential”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    disagrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “If they don't we will not leave our world in a fit state for future generations.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It's already too unequal as it is”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “It depends what you mean. Some public sector services like education and health need increases, some like ID cards, Quangos, Trident, need scrapping.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    is neutral
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Without decent state provision many pensioners will be left in abject poverty”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    is neutral
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Immigration should depend on the demand for workers region by region. Some businesses and public services would collapse without workers coming from other countries.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “They give the illusion of safety, whilst moving crime elsewhere. What is needed is more police on the beat.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    is neutral
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Many different personal relationships provide an excellent environment for bringing up children. It is quite wrong to stigmatise single parents and gay couples.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “There are rotten apples and rules need to be changed and politics cleaned up, but most the people I know in politics - of all parties - are in public life to change policies and help people.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    disagrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “You have to keep society moving forward on all fronts. A civilised society ensures that arts, music, theatre, ballet, opera thrive and that means public subsidy. Better use of money is however essential”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    disagrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “The EU is essential to tackle the many economic, environmental and global problems we can't manage alone.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “As a Quaker I believe disputes should be solved by negotiation”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Foreigntroops have never succeeded in their aims in Afghanistan. Both the British and the Russians tried and failed before the latest fiasco. Negotiation is the only way forward”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Dave Procter (Independent)
    disagrees
    Michael Taylor (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Environmental action to prevent global warming requires that the wealthy countries help the poorer ones to reduce their carbon emissions.”

Answers by party

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