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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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    disagree
    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Unless the figure that identifies a "high earner" is known, it's a wasted exercise.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “I'm not sure. Any responsible Government will have to leave the option open. Where the taxes come from will have to be a matter of balance between being progressive and a realistic assessment of collectibility.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our tax proposals include the biggest tax switch in generations, a radical overhaul to make sure those at the top pay their fair share in order to put money back in the pockets of people who need it.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    agrees
    “but not to the extent that it discourages workers and business owners from working harder or developing the busisnesses.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “It also interferes too much in all walks of life.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Business will ultimately drive the recovery. As far as possible the state will need to allow business to get on with as little interference as possible to grow and so employ people. Sometimes Government may need to be actively involved to assist.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The role of government is to create an environment that allows enterprise to flourish, acting as an enabler rather than a participant in its own right. That means establishing a stable tax platform, creating a fair, proportionate regulatory regime.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I currently run a one man business but in the past worked for a large organisation. The key is to try to get the right level of regulation.”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “I have my own business and I suffer too much red tape.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Global temperatures are falling despite carbon emmissions increasing. the IPCC's credibility is in question.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “The risks of not doing so are too high but help must be given to those in fuel poverty to mitigate the costs”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But not for the poorest; Lib Dems are committed to fair fuel bills. Currently energy companies charge you less for your energy the more you use. That’s unfair and means a pensioner heating one room pays more per unit than a rich man heating a mansion”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “A lot of government measures in this area are reducing energy costs”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I think you mean England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are doing quite well.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “This will depend entirely on whether the whole graph can be shifted to the right. If the poor are made poorer (absolutley) then such a trend would be highly undesirable.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “At the root of Britain's problems today is the failure to distribute economic and political power fairly between people. At present, the poorest 20% of people are losing more of their income in tax than in 1997, while the richest 20% are paying less”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “In a free society it is often difficult to promote wealth creation and achieve this”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Cut the bloated salaries of the quangos, better yet scrap the quangos.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We must reduce the deficit quickly. Government cannot spend us out of trouble and in the short to medium term spending must be tailored to available resources.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The current economic climate will require a degree of restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring down the deficit.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “If public spending is cut we end up with more unemployed and the implied costs. Less tax revenue, more benefits & more health spending”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    disagrees
    “but a sharp early cut in public sector expenditure should be avoided.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “use NI contributions as a pension fund instead of using NI revenue for other projects, this would cure the problem.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “While accepting that there will always be those for whom private provision is not a reasonable expectation and who will need Government help”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain’s pensions system is one of the most complex and inadequate in the developed world. It provides neither a decent safety net, nor incentives to save. To tackle this, we will restore the link between pensions and earnings immediately.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Low paid find it difficult to save for pension so there needs to be a state pension. Also agree with tax relief for those who save.”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    agrees
    “The state will not be able to afford to pay reasonable pensdions to us all in the future. We need to be encouraged to make long term personal pension provisions.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “gradual immigration over a protacted period of time good. Large numbers in a short space of time - madness.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “People have a reasonable expectation that immigration should be properly managed by Government. Currently it is not being and this is creating real community tension and distrust.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has been too high in some parts of the country, stretching public services and damaging community cohesion. In some areas, there are so many people our environment is under pressure. But some want more people to help their economy grow.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We benefit economically from some immigration and many Brits also go abroad. If everybody went home there would be many problems.”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    is neutral
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    disagree
    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “A CCTV has yet to stop a crime they just record crime as it happens.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We have less than one per cent of the world’s population but a fifth of the earth’s CCTV cameras. There is little hard evidence to demonstrate that CCTV works to prevent crime or to bring offenders to justice.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “As a local councillor I find most people tell me they like them.”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Too obvious for words.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “I make no value judgement about family models and their appropriateness. It is though a statistical a fact that families based around married couples tend to stay together longer and create more stable family environments than other models.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats attach real value to relationships, to commitment and to love, but don't seek to limit or prescribe what makes a strong relationship. You don’t have to be married to be committed, marriage is not a substitute for love and respect.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The important issue is what is best for the child. Each case needs judging on its merits.”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    strongly agrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “generally they are honest, in some specific cases they lie.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “While hardly a view likely to induce sympathy and despite the expenses scandal, my own personal judgement is that most politicians I have met are honest and straightforward.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The expenses scandal has undermined public confidence in politicians. People are rightly furious about the things that some MPs have claimed for and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The vast majority go into politics for public service. Some (too many) fall by the wayside and get all the publicity”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Cinemas, theatres have to stand on their own two feet, if the arts are good enough they will generate the necessary revenue.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “Sometimes yes and sometimes no.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education and even fighting crime.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “What I find difficult to support is subsidies for arts events where the cost of attending is very high. Some are greater than £100”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    is neutral
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Out of the EU, the root of most of our problems”
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We cannot afford to be a member of the club, there are too many cultural differences, trade yes, governed by a European Quango - NO.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “It is not yet time but that time may come eventually”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “The EU has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore believe that there should be an in/out referendum the next time a British Government signs up for fundamental change.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The EU has many faults but was founded to prevent a 3rd Europe/World War. It is the only directly elected cross nation body in the world. Work to improve it.”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “Every country should be permitted to develop the best form of power generation, One more "big stick" at the negotiating table will not make all that much difference”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “I do not know enough about the subject to make a reasoned case either way.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapon and isn't close to developing one. We support action by the international community to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, but we oppose military action against Iran in current circumstances as inflamatory.”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Too complex a question to even attemp to answer in 250 characters. We should work for world reduction in nuclear weapons.”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    is neutral
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Who does this government think they are, we are not a global police force. The longer they stay the more unsafe the world becomes.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “This will depend on many arguments and circumstances, some of which may not yet be readily apparent”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Lib Dems are critical supporters of the mission in Afghanistan. We believe the new strategy is the last, best hope for success. We don't believe we can turn Afghanistan into a modern democracy. But a more stable, secure Afghanistan is in our interest”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “The easy ( & popular) answer is to get out but decisions in responsible Government are never that easy”
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    agrees
    “I agree if the Government explains that we hacve clear purpose for being there.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Steve Harris (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Pat Harris (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “Charity starts at home.”
    George Hollingbery (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “Foreign aid is a moral duty and a pargmatic imperative.”
    Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Lib Dems are committed to working towards a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice. We will increase the UK’s aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 and enshrine the target in law. We will hold to the Gleneagles Agreement”
    Howard Linsley (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Graeme Quar (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We should provide support to the bottom billion people but it takes more than just money.More trade opportunities and an insistance on better governance are required.”

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