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Independent
Brian Burgess
(Independent)
Conservative Party
Richard Benyon
(Conservative Party)
Labour Party
Hannah Cooper
(Labour Party)
Apolitical Democrats
David Yates
(Apolitical Democrats)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Public money should be spent to provide free Wifi to Newbury town centre.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    agrees
    “This may be difficult with the inaction of Richard Benyon and other MP's on the recently passed Digial Economy Bill (as Wireless owners could be prosecuted on usage).”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Perhaps UKIP's policy of direct democracy should be used here. It's your money so let the people decide in a referendum.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “It would be grossly unfair to introduce free Wifi only to the town centre, but to introduce it everywhere would be very expensive.”
  • Public money should be spent on promoting cycling in Newbury.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The more people we can encourage to get on their bikes the more they will discover in and around Newbury and better our environment will become.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Assuming this implies increasing spending on cycling all over the whole of West Berkshire.”
  • Public money should be spent on ensuring that public transport is improved to the point that it is frequent, everyday, and more affordable.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “People have a right to reliable public transport at an acceptable cost.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “This appears to imply a frequent service to every hamlet, which is a non-starter. However we should be putting more money into improving local bus services.”
  • The CCTV headquarters for Newbury should stay here and not be outsourced to a private company in Maidenhead.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We have to keep some level of CCTV in our community - and in our community it should stay.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Local people have local knowledge. Monitoring in Windsor is just too far away.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Staff of a private company in Maidenhead are unlikely to have to increasingly needed local knowledge which the job requires.”
  • Extra public money should be spent on providing more First Great Western services to London, especially later at night. .
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I am a regular train user and whilst the service to London is on the whole fast, I think additional routes should be opened up and additional train services made available.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “UKIP wants to expand the rail network and provide more services.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We are lucky enough to have a train service at all. Let's make best use of it.”
  • More public money should be spent on promoting Newbury's markets, in order to attract more custom and more vendors.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “As I have said many times - the heart of Newbury is the town centre with the market, small shops, pubs, restaurants, canal etc. We should always aim to draw more people back to these centres and away from the consumerist bland out of town shopping.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “We need to attract shoppers into Newbury. The Council are putting people off by charging far too much in the car parks. We need to support our traders during this recession and not discourage people from coming to Newbury Town.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It would be a great pity if any of the markets ceased to exist. They provide welcome competition for the other stores.”
  • The police should be given heavy handed powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “If the police are tacking anti-social behaviour then we have left the problem too late. If we build and inclusive society these people would not feel excluded and would not have to rebel so badly.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I am not sure about heavy handed, but we do need adopt zero tolerance on crime. Too often the rights of criminals seem more important than the victims' rights. Let's scrap the Human Rights Act now.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “NOBODY should be given "Heavy-handed" powers. The police do have to be given adequate powers, however.”

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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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “My aim is to ensure that there is a suitable real world living wage that supports a good quality of life for all the people in West Berkshire.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “UKIP believes we can cut the deficit by withdrawing from the European Union and saving an estimated £120 billion annually. We will also rid the country of many of the Quangos, saving at least £50 billion.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It is scandalously unfair that the tax burden falls at present disproportionately on the poorest parts of our society.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “It is possible to trust business when they brought us to the recent financial mess?”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “There are 120 000 EU directives and regulations that impact on the UK. Our companies are suffocated by excessive regulation.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “There will always be some need for regulation of businesses, if only to protect genuine businesses from the cowboys. However we should seek to remove one current regulation for every new one we want to introduce.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Does anyone still believe that the mighty pound is worth more than the health, life and welfare of our children and grand children?”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “UKIP takes a sceptical stance on man-made global warming claims. We will establish a Royal Commission that will allow scientists to reach a conclusion about the facts.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We will all pay far more when we have to reverse climate change eventually, if we do nothing to prevent climate change worsening now. In the long term, higher fuel prices now will seem cheap as compared to the costs of repairing the damage later.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    agrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Greater equality leads to better health, and less social tension. Who wants a higher standard of living, if you can only enjoy it by barricading yourself in a walled and gated enclosure?”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    agrees
    “It is a mad idea to think that half the population are able to give their time freely to managing and running the country.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “We can safeguard frontline services but do need to cut non-jobs and bureaucracy which is costing the country a substantial amount.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Until we are fully out of recession, higher public spending is necessary to ensure we return to adequate levels of wealth production to minimise the long term debt which we are inevitably going to end up with.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The state should be able to provide an appropriate level of remuneration for those that have worked all their lives for this country.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Britain's pensioners deserve better. We will simpify pensions and remove the degrading means testing for our senior citizens.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Private provision should be aided and enhanced by state help.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    is neutral
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “As a member of the EU, Britain has lost control of its borders and our infrastructure cannot cope. The old parties cannot stop the large influx of EU citizens that have come to Britain whilst we remain a member of the EU.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our economy will suffer dreadfully without an adequate supply of immigrants to fill the jobs that are available. However we should restrict immigration to regions and businesses where the supply of employees fails to meet demand.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “CCTV cameras do serve a purpose but we ultimately need more police on the beat to protect law abiding citizens.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The vast majority have never stopped a single crime, I understand.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    disagrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “A child does need both parents but we should acknowledge that there are a large number of unmarried parents that we should support too.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “There are many different types of family in which children can be brought up. What matters is the character and parenting skills of the adults in the family, not their sexual orientation or marital status.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “There is only one undisputed ethical political group - the Green Party.”
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “They all lied about giving the people a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and I am afraid they cannot be trusted. The expenses scandal has been another great betrayal of trust. We need a fresh start in Westminster.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “None of us - politician or not - are angels, but politicians are probably at least as honest as the average, if only because they fall under much greater scrutiny than the average.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    is neutral
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “I understand that the Arts provide much more to the national tax pot (for example through VAT payments) than they take out in subsidy.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We cannot afford to stay in the EU as it is costing us £120 billion. Few realise how much the EU now controls our daily lives, despite never having obtained permission to do so from the British people.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “We have to keep all our options open as these situations are so volatile.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Would we agree that because we have developed (and are continuing to develop) nuclear weapons for ourselves, it would be OK for Iran to launch an armed attack on us?”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But we should do everything we can to train up Afghan troops and police so that our troops can be brought out asap.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Adrian Hollister (Green Party)
    disagrees
    David Black (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “All three old parties have the same policy to spend 0.7% of our GDP on overseas aid. This should be reviewed while we have such a large deficit ourselves.”
    David Rendel (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should be raising our aid budget to the 0.7% of GDP UN target.”

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