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Conservative Party
Christopher Green
(Conservative Party)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Robert Gutfreund-Walmsley
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Manchester should not trial the ID cards scheme.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The whole scheme should be scrapped”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “It is a waste of money”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I am totally opposed to ID cards”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Somewhere has to trial it, so why not Manchester. That way, Mancunians get to be the ones to determine whether the scheme gets rolled out or not.”
  • Manchester airport shouldn't build another freight terminal, compelling people to leave their homes.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    agrees
    “Freight is exports which is good for the country. It is a dilemma”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Manchester Airport is big enough. Any development should take place in Leeds which will save CO2 on journeys across the Pennines”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “These issues are never easy, but the success of Manchester Airport has been one of the key factors to the city's success.”
  • A default 20mph speed limit across Manchester’s roads, with a council panel to decide on which roads could have a faster limit, is a good idea.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    agrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “This is better for safety and the environment”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I put forward a bill in Parliament to reduce the default speed limit. This would save many lives on our roads.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We have quite a good scheme at the moment with lots of roads being made 20mph zones”
  • Green spaces such as Chorlton Meadows should not be built on, and should be given Village Green status.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    agrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “I championed the Hands Off Hough End fields and saved this green area from development. So strongly agree with this. But worried that candidates, such as the Liberal Democrats and Labour are claiming Chorlton Meadows Victory. This is not true”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    “I have no problem with land being reclaimed for football pitches though”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I was involved in the Save Chorlton Meadows campaign from the beginning, and I support the Village Green Application.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Manchester Airport, owned by the local councils, should include emissions from flights in its environment planning.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Manchester council claims to lead the way on combating climate change. Manchester airport flight emissions are a major contributor to the city's emissions”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Absolutely. We need to start measuring environmental impact”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    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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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Fairness is at the heart of my politics”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I am putting forward the theory of flat rate tax which looks at maximising revenue and not what is fair. Ironically, this will actually defend more jobs and make services better”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Our tax proposals do this.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “There is too much petty regulation for small business, but not enough regulation on issues like bank solvency”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    agrees
    “Especially in H&S issues!”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “It depends what business - some would say we should interfere more with banks, say, and less with small businesses.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Strong measures on insulation may prevent bills going up even with the necessary policies to tackle climate change”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    agrees
    “Again it should be phased for people on low income”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I agree, but I don't believe that energy bills would need to rise.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I think we should agressively tackle climate change but I don't think it's an "either/or" option. Through home insullation schemes, for example, we can reduce bills and reduce carbon emissions.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Britain is already one of the most unequal developed countries.”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “It is not fair on people, especially the young and very old.”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Increase it for certain priorities like elderly care and the NHS”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Public spending should be maintained to fuel the recovery”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    “We have to cut down on administration but continue to invest heavily in education, social services, transport etc”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “There are some areas where public sector spending needs to rise - eg mental health services, increasing the number of police officers. However there are areas of spending that do need to be brought under control to deal with the deficit.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Overall we need to bring the deficit down by bringing spending down, but we should ring-fence front-line services.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “The state should provide a guaranteed Citizen's Pension for all to ensure pensioners are not left in poverty”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    agrees
    “It should be a partnership We are all human”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    “Everyone should have the same deal whether in the public or private sector”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “There must always be state support for pensioners who have not been able to provide for their own retirement.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “No everyone can afford to do this.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    is neutral
    “We must remember that Britain's population is agaeing so we need young people to come and work, pay taxes so that the government has money to spend on us in old age”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “On environmental grounds and not racial terms we are too many people. I go along with the ideas of the optimum population trust”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “There are some areas of the country that are seeing real pressure on services, but in other areas there is a shortage of people to take on jobs.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We need a system that can respond to the needs of our economy and skills shortages - not some arbitary figure.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    agrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “They did not prove to be as useful to get convictions as we were led to believe”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We are currently a nation that is guily until proven innocent”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Local Authorities should be able to decide whether CCTV is appropriate for their area.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    agrees
    “Some studies indicate that it is the quality of parenting that is important”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    is neutral
    “A lot of heterosexual couples fail miserably at raising children and just because a couple is gay doesn't mean they are bad parents”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “A loving, caring environment is the best environment to raise a family, regardless of the make-up of that family.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    agrees
    “Compared to some other countries in europe, yes”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    “I think that most people are honest, but often misguided”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Some politicians are honest, others are not.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “In general they are, but clearly the recent expenses scandal showed that not even politicians should govern themselves. They need a tight and indepently governed pay and expenses system like everyone else.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Until the country is better off”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    disagrees
    “expression is a fundamental part of a progressive culture and should receive state funding”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “There are plenty of flaws with the current EU structure, but we are better working to improve things from within”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Membership of europe has brought many benefits to the UK”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “I am anti European because I do not think the union has a long term future”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We must learn the lessons of what happened in Iraq”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    “I think that Iran understand the consequences of launching any missiles”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “More pressure needs to be brought to bear to ensure that they do not develop a nuclear bomb.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “While I wouldn't support military action apart from in the most extreme circumstances, I don't think you should completely rule it out in any circumstance - whatever that might be.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The war is becoming increasingly counter-productive both for the Afghanistan region and for security here in the UK”
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    is neutral
    “I prefer a phased out withdrawal”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    agrees
    “But only as part of a United Nations mission”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I believe that we need to get out of Afghanistan.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Brian Candeland (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Yasmin Zalzala (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We need to spend more on hunger and starvation in other countries”
    Marcus Farmer (Independent)
    is neutral
    “We have to ensure that we help people in the right ways by investing rather than handing out money”
    John Leech (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “I fully support the Lib Dem pledge to increase foreign aid to 0.7% of GDP.”
    Lucy Powell (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We've made good progress in increasing, as a share of our wealth, spending on international aid, but we should still go further.”

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