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

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British National Party
Tim Rait
(British National Party)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Kenneth Wright
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
Liberal Democrats
Tony Hill
(Liberal Democrats)
Conservative Party
Theresa May
(Conservative Party)
Labour Party
Pat McDonald
(Labour Party)
Green Party
Peter Forbes
(Green Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The minor injuries unit (MIU) at St Mark's Hospital in Maidenhead should be kept open after its trial period.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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    “Powers and funding should be devolved. The people of Maidenhead should have the right to keep their own medical facility if they are willing to pay 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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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    disagrees
    “Spending and taxes (especially on employment) are too high. We have identified £109bn of cuts, to be split £84bn to deficit-reduction and £25bn to tax cuts. Plus redistribute taxes from employment to consumption, to cut jobs taxes for everyone.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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    “Targeted support and micro-management destroy the businesses who aren't beneficiaries, usually reward the least economic, and eventually destroy even them when subsidy is not continued ad infinitum for an uneconomic model.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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    “We should be concerned about resource depletion and import dependence as much as climate change. We should scrap targeted support for inefficient solutions, and encourage efficient solutions through carbon and fossil-fuel levies.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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    “Policies to equalise incomes have the opposite effect. Rising inequality is a sign of bad government, and the cure is to radically change our tax and benefits system, and competition policy, to encourage work, and remove the profits of privilege”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    strongly disagrees
    “Government spending is more than 50% of the economy (http://www.iea.org.uk/record.jsp?type=book&ID=458). The private sector cannot carry that burden. Spending has to be cut dramatically, much more than the main parties say. We propose £109bn of cuts”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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    “The elderly should receive what they were given to expect, and there should be a minimal safety net (we propose a Basic Income to remove question of retirement age). But we should encourage saving for more than the minimum.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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    “We should ensure that British people are advantaged in job applications, not disadvantaged as at present. Our Basic Income proposal ensures that. If we can't find a suitable Brit despite the advantage, we should welcome immigrants to do the jobs.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
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    “This is none of the state's business, so long as people do not expected to be subsidised for their choices.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    disagrees
    “The expenses fiddling was small beer compared to the economic incompetence of the previous parliament (opposition as well as government) and the lies told by all the main parties about future tax, spending and growth.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    strongly agrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    disagrees
    “We should commit to an "in or out" referendum at the end of the next parliament, and take a list of derogations to the EU, which we require if the government is going to recommend staying in.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    disagrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    disagrees
    “We should stay long enough to train up the Afghan army and leave the government able to defend itself, but the commitment should not be open-ended.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Peter Prior (Freedom and Responsibility)
    strongly agrees
    “The commitment by all the main parties to increase international development spending to 0.7% of GDP (£10bn) is not affordable, and bad for the recipients (see Dambisa Moyo and Paul Collier).”

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