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Conservative Party
Desmond Swayne
(Conservative Party)

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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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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Basic Tax should be equally shared as a proportion of income. However under a UKIP withdrawl from the EU, by means of repealing the 1972 Act, would mean that taxes would not have to rise, certainly in respect of NI and VAT.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “The British government often is required to implement EU regulations and directives, which is unwanted, as opposed to where government could 'interfere' and introduce tax breaks for small/medium business to encourage job creation and training.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Short term pain for long term gain, politicians need to start thinking about the next 50 years+ and the mess we are going to leave for future generations not what can we do to make us look good before the next election”
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “The case for climate change is unproven; yes waste should be tackled, but money is being made from this fad. Why should energy bills have to go up? Energy companies could cut profits or offer real incentives to conserve energy.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Define 'economically unequal'? Equality in economics sounds like socialism to me and the reality is that we dont live in a utopian society. Meanwhile oppression is not acceptable.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    agrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Not if we cannot afford it. Such a move would only raise the tax burden to pay for the spending.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “People that spend there lives paying taxes and national insurance can hardly be referred to as "demanding the state to help them!" They are merely asking for their just rewards”
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Not everyone can afford to, but if NI and Tax have been paid over 40 years then they should expect the state will provide. How orphans and widows are looked after is the measure of a society. Families should also take care of the elderly.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “This is mainly to the EU open borders policy. All the main parties have consistently ignored this point because they know it goes against EU policy. Great Britain doesnt have an issue per se with immigration; uncontrolled is a wholly different point.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    is neutral
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Where liberal attitudes prevail and crime is prevalent because moral authority is lacking, such as is in the UK, dictatorial measures are the result. Some would argue that its an alternative 'bobbies' on the beat. We only have ourselves to blame.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    agrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “My answer does not preclude a single parent providing good stability for their children, but statistics show that this role is made much harder when it's a lone parent situation. Also married heterosexual couples are not 100% perfect.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Honesty can be very subjective. Do they tell the truth or do they lie might be a better question to ask?”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Read www.ukip.org and the Great Deception for full details. In the meantime just on economic grounds even the Taxpayers Alliance and others concur that the UK would save over £100 billion per year if we withdrew and just set up trading agreements.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    agrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “This would depend on the reasons we wish to take military action. A negotiated settlement is always preferrable. Military action is the action of last resort.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “It depends who the term need relates to the people, the politicians etc?”
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “We dont have all the facts. However I note that my grandfather was based in Afghanistan during the 1950s with the army, so someone must think it's worth it, but I'm not sure what that reason is.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Janet Richards (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Mike Plummer (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Martin Lyon (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I dont have the figures so I cannot comment. However in princple we ought to provide humanitarian aid whenever and wherever it's required, hopefully in conjunction with other nations.”
    Janice Hurne (Labour Party)
    disagrees

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