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British National Party
Len Blain
(British National Party)

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  • Police resources should be diverted to ensure that patrols at pub closing time are increased.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our manifesto commitment is for local input to polciing policy through directly elected Police Authorities”
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The police are asked to do too much paper work cutting down their time maintaining public order”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Diverting resources would mean other areas of policing would suffer. We need better licencing laws and licensed premises, stagger closing hours to stop this binge drinking culture and educate young people into sensible and responsible drinking.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Local landlords already work closely with the police to prevent trouble. There is no major problem but I agree that the police should be visible at times and places where there is potential for problems to arise”
  • Extra public money should be spent to ensure that the police station in Maldon is staffed full time.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “With elected Police Authorities, local communities will set local policing priorities and budgets”
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Crime in the UK is out of control because we do not put enough into our police force, Police now enforce minor motoring offences more rigorously than shoplifting or assault”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Cuts in policing will not help. What Maldon needs a stronger police station and more support and resources to police the community effectively. Rural crime is increasing as ciminals look for softer options and we must meet the challenge.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The priority is to get policemen out on patrol not sitting behind desks. 24 hour opening of Maldon police station is probably not the best use of resources.”
  • Enough new housing has already been built in Maldon and no more should be added to the town.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Local needs assessments for affordable housing need to be taken into account. Our manifesto commitment is to bring some 250000 empty homes across the country back into use - some will be in the Maldon area.”
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Our roads are gridlocked and no inprovement is envisaged, bring back the old rail line with a new rail station outside the town with enough parking”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We have to be realistic, there is a desparate shortage of affordable housing in the area, particularly for young families starting out, and also in our villages, which is forcing people to move elsewhere. Better planning could provide more housing.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Maldon is a rural town and unsuited to further large scale development. I am opposed to the Government's target of over 120,000 extra houses in Essex. The amount of new housing should be limited to that required to accommodate local residents.”
  • Bradwell should have a wind farm rather than another nuclear power station.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Offshore installations rather than small onshore installations.”
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Wind power only works 30% of the time, Nuclear power is now safe and reliable, what about tidal wave power, Britain is an island with tides twice a day”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I would favour both nuclear and wind power options. We need a mix of energy sources not be dependent on just one, and keep our expertise is other energy technologyies. Bradwell would bring employment into the area and is good for the local economy.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Bradwell power station has been good for the District creating jobs and income. Windfarms are unreliable, inefficient and produce little energy. Local people should be able to decide and not have them imposed by Government.”
  • Extra public money should be spent to ensure that St Peter's Hospital in Maldon maintains the same service portfolio, and remains open.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The local area would benefit from an expanded service profile for St Peter's Hospital.”
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “We have lost too many hospitals in the last few years”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We must keep our services local, especially our emergency services.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “I am strongly committed to a Community Hospital in Maldon and would like to see a new building and more services provided there.”

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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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    ““We have laid out exactly how we would change the tax system in our manifesto, and the overall tax take would not change. We would remove millions of people from income tax, and close loopholes at the top.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There has to be a fairer redistribution of wealth, encouraging wealth creators but also supporting the lower wage earners, and giving those not in work an incentive to be in work. A cap on bonuses and extremely high salaries would help.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “I am opposed to tax increases and would prefer to see reductions in public spending to cut the deficit. Raising the higher rates of tax produces very little revenue and risks driving our most successful businessmen abroad.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    ““Government should enable and support business, not run it (with a few special exceptions).””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It's the EU that instructs our government to interfere with our business, with paper work etc”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The collapse of the banking and financial services industry proves that Govt needs to be more pro active and more regulatory. Equitable Life and Northern Rock could have been avoided if we had been more interventionist.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “New regulations have cost British business £77 billion since 1998. I want to see significant cuts in the regulatory burdens on business.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    ““One major focus should be on home insulation, especially for pensioners, so that more efficient use is made of energy, reducing the bills.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Climate change has always been there”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Global warming is not going to go away in your and my lifetime. We need to change the way we use and waste energy. Better alternatives renewable energy sources and recycling should be explored. We are trustees of this planet for future generations.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “We should seek international agreement to cut carbon emissions and reduce dependence on fossil fuels by investing in nuclear power.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “It will be if any of the Con/Lab/Lib lot get in, our only hope is to leave the EU and do our own thing”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “A bigger gap between rich and poor will create tensions in society. A fairer redistribution of wealth is needed. We need to encourage more people into work and support more small businesses and social enterprises.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “The gap between rich and poor has widened since 1997 and income inequality is at its highest level since the Second World war. I want to see welfare reform and an end to dependency.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    ““Spending should be cut on the things that we do not want or need, with other services seeing increased spending””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “We have to keep the public sector services going at full strength”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “The economic recovery is fragile; we must not put it at risk by savage cuts to public services. People need to be kept in their jobs and in their homes, and have access to decent services.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “The level of Government debt and borrowing is the biggest problem facing our country. Unless tackled, Britain risks bankruptcy.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I think both systems should be used”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “The elderly population is increasing; there simply will not be enough money in the retirement pot to provide all with a decent pension. We need to encourage more to take out additional schemes to supplement their State Pension.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “I would like to see greater encouragement to people to save for their retirement and build up their own pension to supplement the basic state retirement pension.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    ““Immigration can bring in great benefits. We urgently need to reform the UKBA, which is entirely incompetent.`””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It is the EU immigration that is causing the problems,lets get our borders under control and get rid of our illegal immigrants”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Net immigration, ie those entering and leaving the country, is beginning to fall. Britain has always relied on skilled workers in eg the NHS to help deliver a proper standard of service, and unskilled seasonal workers to do the unpleasant jobs.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Immigration has risen by more than 300 per cent since 1997. I want to see a cap on the numbers entering the UK and tougher action against illegal immigration.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    ““We have 5 million cameras, 1/4 of those in the world. While in some cases they are very useful, in general they are not effective in reducing crimes, and are a worrying infringement on civil liberties.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Stop persecuting motorists with speed cameras and parking fines, and bring in a British tax disc on foreign lorries”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We need CCTV in our high streets and on our highways. The pace of modern life is so frentic and those that abuse the public trust must be deterred and if necessary caught.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “CCTV has a role to play in reducing crime. However, I am concerned at the growth of the surveillance society and the erosion of privacy.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    ““Good parents can come from a wide range of backgrounds, and we should support them.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “A strong stable family unit is best in which to bring up children, but personal circumstances do change and we should support single parent families and children brought up in same sex parents households. What matters is a loving home environment.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “All the evidence indicates that children do best if they are raised in a stable family by two married parents.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    ““Many are, some aren't.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “I think all those MP's that took expenses dishonestly should appear in court and defend themselves against the charge”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Despite the furore over MPs expenses, most MPs are there to serve their constituents and the country and not in it for themselves. Stronger Kelly Rules will make them more accountable. The Power 2010 constitutional changes will strengthen democracy.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “I believe that most politicians are honest and do their best. However, the expenses system urgently needed reform and I support changes to make it transparent and enforceable. Those who have committed fraud should clearly be prosecuted.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    ““Recent figures show that for every pound invested in the arts, three pounds come back in tax revenue, even leaving aside the intangible benefits of wellbeing, community cohesion and interactions, and pleasure.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The Arts will always need subsidy; the Arts are enriching and part of our culture and heritage, they define us and need public support. More should be done to encourage people into the Arts, Dance and Music.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “The arts enrich life and have always benefitted from public subsidy. I want to see reform of the National Lottery so that more of the money raised benefits the original good causes: art, sport, heritage and charities”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It is the only way for Britain to go”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britain is a European nation and needs to play its full part in determining the destiny of Europe, not being stuck out on the sidelines. Our economy depends on European markets. A strong Europe is better for our peace and security.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “I want a different relationship between the UK and the EU based on cooperation and trade. I would like to see powers returned from Brussels to Westminster. However, I do not believe that it is in the UK's interest to leave the EU.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Britain has become the policeman to the world, and we can not afford it”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “It is unlikely that Iran would strike first against its neighbours or even Israel, even if it had nuclear weapons. But we need to keep working continuously at non- proliferation of nuclear weapons and towards world disarmament.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “A nuclear armed Iran represents the greatest danger to peace and stability. I beleive that we should impose tougher sanctions on Iran and that it would be foolish to rule out the possibility of military action under any circumstances”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    ““I believe that the troops have outstayed their purpose, and should come home soon. The troops have been very badly treated, and deserve better from us.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I feel we should pull out of the country as soon as it is posible”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Already 10 years in Afghanistan, we need to leave as soon as possible. We have achieved our major objectives removed the Taliban, brought in some semblance of democracy and elections, and now it is up to the Afghans to find their own way.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “There is a real threat to our security from terrorism originating in Afghanistan. I want to see our troops given the equipment and support that they need to carry out the task.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Elfreda Tealby-Watson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    ““I and the Lib Dems are committed to the 0.7% target, agreed in 1973 and repeated at the Gleneagles summit. This money should be properly spent and carefully targeted.””
    Jesse Pryke (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We need the money at home”
    Swatantra Nandanwar (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “By helping developing countries with foreign aid and buildig up their sustainable economies, Britain is laying the foundation for greater world peace and security. And it is the humane thing to do.”
    John Whittingdale (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We have a moral duty to help alleviate global poverty and suffering. However, we need to make our aid much more focussed and prioritise those most in need.”

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