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

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Stop press: 4 of your candidates haven't gone on the record!

Labour Party
Stuart Bell
(Labour Party)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Robert Parker
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
because we couldn't contact them
Conservative Party
John Walsh
(Conservative Party)
British National Party
Michael Ferguson
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The state should intervene to stop the closure of Corus to avoid job losses in Middlesbrough.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “In my view the cost of closure is much greater than the cost of maintaining Corus until world conditions improve.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “It is the Nrth East which has kept Labour in power.”
  • Public money should be spent on providing a new performance venue for major events.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “If we can subsidise opera and ballet in London, we can and should help provide a new performance venue for Middlesbrough which I predict would be very well used by a huge variety of groups and entertainers and which would be very popular.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
    “We needed a theatre and an olympic pool before we needed an Institue for modern art which brings in no revenue but costs us £1.2 million each year to maintan.”

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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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “To many millionaires pay too little tax - some do not pay any tax atall.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
    “Lower earners find it difficult enough to manage without any futher reduction in their take-home pay.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Too much regulation, not enough help.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But if were were to adopt higher insulation standards, energy bills would go down.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
    “Energy bills need not go up.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The UK is far too economically unequal now - the North-East still lags behind every other region. We need our own Barnett Formula.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “There is so much that could be done to improve efficiency and cut out waste and unnecessary bureaucracy in public Overall spending need not increase while services could be improved, ie more front-line staff, fewer managers.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “They should look again at how it's spent and stop the wastage.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Of course we should save for our old age, and the state should make it worthwhile for us to do so. But there will always be people who will need state support in their old age. Every citizen should be entitled to a decent pension.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “They have paid tax and NI all their working lives and many have not claimed a penney in benefits and have not been a drain on the NHS”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Legal immigration needs to be controlled and more effective action should be taken to deport illegal immigrants.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Unless an immigrant has a job to go to and sponsors (for accommodation etc) they should be refused entry.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Yje UK has far more CCTV cameras than any other country.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    disagrees
    “As someone who has CCTV and has been the victim of constant abusd - the CCTV identified the culprits a it stopped.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “What a child needs is a secure, stable and loving environment. The state should not dictate what that household should be.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
    “There are however exceptions eg if one parent is abusive.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “We need: a fair voting system, an end to safe seats, reduce power of party whips and party machine, written constitution, all-elected House of Lords, Quangos to be made democratic & accountable etc etc”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I beieve they take what they can in the fom of "extras" simply because they can - not becase they need to.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I am in favour of public art and "art for all". Art should not be confined to the rich.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
    “They are a luxury and money s needed for essentials at the moment. This ofcourse could change in time.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “But I am strongly in favour of an "in or out" referendum to determine the issue - I would campaign strongly for the UK to remain within the EU.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We will soon have nothing to call our own.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I would agree to military action only if supported by the United Nations, which would predicate an immediate threat of nuclear attack against another country.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But we must work for a complete withdrawal as soon as possible.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The war in un-winnable. Our troops would make a good job of patroling our borders close to home. Too many illegal immgrants arrive here and vanish - doing what? Many flee their own cuntries because they are wanted there for criminal activities.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Chris Foote Wood (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “We are one of the richest nations in the world (albeit with huge differences in wealth within the UK) and it is in our own interest as well as morally right for us to help poorer nations.”
    Joan Mctigue (Independent)
    agrees
    “Much of it never reaches the needy and ends up in the bank accounts of despots.”

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