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

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Labour Party
Rachel Reeves
(Labour Party)
Green Party
David Blackburn
(Green Party)
British National Party
Joanna Beverley
(British National Party)
Conservative Party
Joe Marjoram
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • At a time of budget cuts, priority should be given to better maintaining parks and play areas for the local children.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “This is a good way of giving children the option for active play, whatever their family income.”

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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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “High earners should pay their fair share of tax, no more loop-holes and special deals. Polluters should pay more tax. Then it will be possible to reduce tax for the poorest people.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Regulation should be sufficient to ensure high standards of production and fair rates of pay. Government should encourage enterprise and innovation.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Action to tackle climate change is essential to provide a sustainable world for young people like my 3-year-old grandson to grow up in. Investing in energy saving technology will reduce costs.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “People are healthier, happier and less likely to commit crimes in more equal societies.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “There will need to be cuts but we need to make sure we are spending on the services people need e.g. doctors and nurses in the NHS rather than more managers.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Need to restore the link between pensions and earnings and cut out a lot of the red tape round pensions so people can provide better for their old age.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “because we cannot control our borders within the EU”
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We should take our fair share of refugees and admit immigrants who have a job to go to. Britain needs to record who comes in and who leaves.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “There is little real evidence that CCTV prevents crime or helps convict criminals.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Children flourish in a loving and stable relationship, however this is constituted: parents should commit to their responsibilities.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The expenses scandal has destroyed people's confidence so the new MPs must be open and transparent in order to rebuild trust. People whould be able to sack corrupt MPs.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts are vital to community life, assist regeneration and education and can even help fight crime.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “If there is to be a referendum on the EU , Lib Dems believe it should be on whether or not we remain in it. We will campaign for remaining in the EU.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I believe that Britain should work with the international community to resolve problems with Iran.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We need to work for international action to combat terrorism.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Jeff Miles (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Ruth Coleman (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Aid by Britain (and via the EU)is a major contribution to creating opportunities for all countries to develop prosperous and stable economies. It promotes world peace.”

Answers by party

In many places, key candidates have refused to go on the record (and sometimes we've been unable to get in touch with them). As a poor substitute, you can see a rough version of how each party answers on average over at our partner site, Democracy Club.

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