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Labour Party
Peter Hain
(Labour Party)
Conservative Party
Emmeline Owens
(Conservative Party)
British National Party
Michael Green
(British National Party)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
James Bevan
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
because we couldn't contact them

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The council should take on more responsibility for training for the unemployed in the area.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    “Training is a priority, though I would note that the council should work with a range of providers. For instance I am actively involved with the cross-boundary SA9 Skills Centre proposal for the Upper swansea Valley.”
  • There should be an inquiry into the University of Wales Lampeter and the merger with Trinity University College.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “- though this is not a Westminster matter.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    is neutral
    “I would welcome more information from interested parties. I am aware that some aspects have been controversial but the priority is to ensure that both colleges can be viable under any new arrangements.”
  • There should be an unequivocal statement from the management at Neath Port Talbot Hospital explaining how it will guard against future service cuts.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “- though this is not a Westminster matter.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
    “I certainly agree, but in fairness to the individual hospital's management, the local authority and Local Health Board need to also commit themselves to local health services.”
  • Public investment should be directed at proper regeneration of the Neath Valley, including housing and incentives for businesses to create graduate friendly jobs.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
    “The future of the valleys is a key aspect of our manifesto for Neath.”
  • More Council houses need to be built in the area, as a priority.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “More social housing is clearly necessary, but there are several ways of providing it, not necessarily direct council building. Shared ownership (pioneered by a LibDem council in the Marches) is one possibility. Housing should be completely devolved.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
    “More social housing is needed in several communities in Neath as waiting lists for local families increased due to house prices. In view of the recent council house transfer the new NPT homes and other associations respond to local needs.”
  • Care homes should be excluded from future council funding cuts.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
    “Plaid are opposed to the privatisation and centralisation of cre homes in Neath Port Talbot.”
  • A Welsh language secondary school should be built in Neath.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I don't know enough about this to comment, but it is anyway not a Westminster matter.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
    “Neath Port Talbot has not adequaltely met the growing demand for Welsh medium education at all levels.”
  • There are no problems with public transport in Neath and no extra public funding needs to be spent on it.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Public transport in Neath falls short of standards in some other parts of South Wales. Extra funding is not the whole answer, though. A more powerful coordinating body is probably required.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly disagrees

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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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Though bureaucracy should be reduced. I am in favour of a "one-stop shop" for small businesses, a single simplified interface with central government.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    is neutral
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We can surely have both a forward-looking energy policy and minimal extra cost to the consumer.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    is neutral
    “Climate change is a priority but there is no need for bills to increase if energy conservation is alos taken seriously”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “As we come out of recession, the proportion of spending in the public sector should decrease. An axe should fall on non-productive jobs at the top level.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    “In Wales, supporting public services is essential to the economy as we emerge from recession, though we also need to strengthen Welsh businesses.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “This needs to be a partnership between the individaul and the state. Right now it is ordinary people who are losing out while richer pensions are protected.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “It would help if we had accurate *emigration* figures.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    is neutral
    “We need an honest non-racist discussion and a change from the incompetence of current government policy.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    is neutral
    “WE need to look carefully at the distribution of cameras, and that they are properly assessed to be a genuine contribution to safety rather thn being intrusive.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “A stable partnership (which may not be actively heterosexual) is probably the best to raise a family, but many single parents do remarkably well.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “It depends on the family and the care, love and support tha t they can offer the child.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “It's impossible to ague that British politics is generally honest, given the scandals unearthed> However there are honourable exceptions, and Plaid is an antidote to the establisment British parties.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “There is no precedent for a vibrant arts scene without at lease some central support.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly disagrees
    “Wales should be an integral part of the European Union, and continue to benefit from structural funds and trading opportunities. I would suppport the reduction of EU bureaucracy.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Though Iran has said repeatedly that it has no interest in developing nuclear weapons and, indeed, it is hard to see that it would be in her interests to do so.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    agrees
    “Other sanctions may be considered, but we need to learn the lessons of military interventionin Afghanistan and Iraq.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Not just troops. We need other people to help the emerging state and, in the long term, to make sure it can support itself economically.”
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    disagrees
    “It is a historical mistake to have occupied Iran. We need a planned withdraal and proper care and support for our returning soldiers.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Frank Little (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Alun Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales)
    strongly disagrees
    “It is essential to develop communities in disadvantaged countries to ensure sustainable development and help resolve issues of poverty, conflict and migration.”

Answers by party

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