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Conservative Party
Shazia Awan
(Conservative Party)
British National Party
Gary Chadwick
(British National Party)
Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship
Ryan Hessell
(Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
because we couldn't contact them

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The Parkside road and rail link development would be detrimental to the local communities.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    agrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    is neutral
    “This may well be the case if there is an increase in HGV traffic. The plans Astral have put forward deserve the utmost scrutiny to ensure that the environmental and health effects on the communities have been properly assessed.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I've always said that I would reserve my final position on Parkside, depending on its size, impact on local traffic and reduction in HGV journeys. If my latest information is correct, I will oppose it unless there are major changes.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The death rates in local hospitals is significant and should be subject to an official investigation.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “As the local MP is Minister for Health, the local trust hospitals should be the best. Any suggestion this is not the case should be investigated immediately.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Our trust had a comparatively high HSMR some time ago, but it has since come down. It is for the independent regulator to intervene if necessary but I support any action to ensure patient safety.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • A new superschool in Lowton is in the wrong place and will cause problems for children getting to it.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The new superschool in Lowton shouldn't even be built. Wigan Schools for the future will do nothing to improve the standard of education for our children, but will detroy our local communities. This is a progamme we don't need nor can afford.”
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Superschools are a bad idea full stop!”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “As the school is for Lowton and Golborne, it needs to be easily accessible to children from both areas. However, we need good transport and a new access road.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    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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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    agrees
    “The present Labour Government has presided over a period where the gap between the rich and poor has got totally out of control, it's time to redress the balance and higher earners should pay more tax to help cut the budget deficit.”
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    agrees
    “Those who can afford (proportionately) to pay more tax should.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Labour thinks people with the broadest shoulders should carry the biggest burden. That's why we have proposed the 50 per cent tax rate for the highest earners.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    is neutral
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    is neutral
    “This is an easy criticism to dole out. However the banking crisis did prove that certainly (in that industry) more government regulation was required.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Labour has taken steps to help business through the recession, such as the Time to Pay scheme. That is helpful intervention. Regulation must be proportionate to risk.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    disagrees
    “In the present economic climate we can't afford to have energy costs increasing more than is needed, in fact we need to help British business with their energy costs to keep them competitive”
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “I do not believe we are responsible for climate changes, but I do believe we should all carefully consider reducing our waste and to recycle as much as we can.”
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    agrees
    “We all have to pay to stop climate change yet the Government can do more to tackle climate change by encouraging businesses to allow their staff to work from home.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We are more likely to be successful in the fight against climate change if we give people incentives to do the right thing.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    agrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    agrees
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “When times are tough, I would like to see more restraint at the highest levels.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    disagrees
    “The reason I am neutral on this is because the present government waste far too much money on bureaucracy and not enough is spent on the actual delivery of front line services, we could have better public sector services without an increase in spend.”
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “I believe much more effort should go into efficiency savings and cutting beauocracy”
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Front line public sector services such as health, police, education, fire brigade etc. should not face spending cuts”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Labour will maintain spending in real terms in key services - police, health and schools. It is not right to increase spending in one at the expense of the others.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    is neutral
    “We need an all party debate on this very important subject to achieve a concensus that will be not just for the lifetime of one parliament, but for the foreseeable future and honoured by all parties.”
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Those who have worked all their lives and not relied on the state should have some support from the state they have supported and paid into.”
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    disagrees
    “The elderley should always be cared for. We have seen that even those scupulous enough to make private pension provision have been badly let down by this government”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Yes when it comes to living costs - but we need a fairer way of paying for care. The most unfortunate can see everything wiped out.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    agrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Far too many people are allowed here who do not have any skills or means of supporting themselves, they are therefore a drain on our welfare system.”
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    agrees
    “Immigration should be controlled by a points based system like that in place in the Australia or Canada. This subject should be debated properly as it is a great concern to people who are not (and should not) be considered racist.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Levels of immigration should match skill shortages. And that is what we have achieved with the points-based system.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    is neutral
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    is neutral
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “In a public space, people should be accountable for their actions.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    is neutral
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “A loving, stable, secure environment, where both parents can provide is most important. The gender / sexuality of the parents should be irrelevant.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “A loving and stable environment is what matters.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    disagrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “I believe the expenses scandal answers that question very well, far too many of them proved themselves to be very dishonest.”
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Cash for questions and expenses have damaged MPs and we need honest people to regain parliament.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I don't defend everything that politicians do and say. But, overall, most people on all sides of the House are in it for the right reasons.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    disagrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    disagrees
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Increased Government funding has helped bring in extra private investment in the arts and turned Britain in the world's cultural capital.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    disagrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    is neutral
    “I believe we are better united than divided. However I do take issue with Human Rights Act, which has been abused by criminals. This should be re-drafted to iron out loopholes.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Our trade and jobs depend upon relations with Europe. The EU has brough peace and prosperity.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    agrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    is neutral
    “The risk to Britain's security should be properly assessed and any actions (military or otherwise) should be undertaken as part of a truly international coalition.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We should reserve our position.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    is neutral
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “I am not really convinced that anything can really be accomplished there, but I remain hopeful for a good outcome.”
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    agrees
    “The key word here is needed. If troups are needed they should stay. However, they should be properly equipped and more should be done to ensure that partners in the coalition should play their part.”
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “They are doing an outstanding job and making the world safer.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Norman Bradbury (Independent)
    disagrees
    Mary Lavelle (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “I'm not quite sure how much is spent but I believe more effort should go into checking where the money ends up, ensuring it goes to the cause it is intended to.”
    Terry Dainty (Independent)
    is neutral
    Andy Burnham (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “There are people in this world much worse off than ourselves. No matter how hard things get here, we should never forget that.”
    Chris Blackburn (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees

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