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Liberal Democrats
Gillian Cole-Hamilton
(Liberal Democrats)

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  • A coal power station should not be sited at Hunterston.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Am angry at lack of consultation which lead to inclsuion in National Planning Framework and lack of regard to local peoples views.”
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The argument is clear for me - No to Nuclear Yes to Clean Coal Power Station. If you are interested in the argument for clean coal then please listen to the following: http://spailpin1903.blogspot.com/2010/05/case-for-clean-coal.html”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I am 100% committed to opposing a coal plant here, and support a replacement nuclear station at Hunterston to replace, in time, the existing B plant.”
  • Largs is under-resourced in terms of public services such as community centres and post office facilities and these should be funded by the council.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Community Centres must continue to be funded by NAC but post offices need assistance by the Westminster Govt, which has systematically stripped post offices of services they can provide, thereby undermining them. Royal Mail must be in public sector!”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Good well run post office provision but the closure of Moorburn is a sad loss to the town.”
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “North Ayrshire Council has just pushed through £5m cuts in Education; £1.4m in Property Services with includes community centres and £1.3m in Social Services. A budget supported by Labour, SNP, Tory and the Lib Dems. This is just the start.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “The new post office has opened, thankfully, but Moorburn House should not have been sold off for the pittance it was, and should have been made a centre for Council services, thereby defraying the operating costs.”
  • Largs needs more car parking spaces.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “No to more car parking spaces and yes to cheaper public transport. In West Kilbride they are proposing to replace our swing park with a car park - this has to be stopped.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Concrete matting could be used along existing roadsides to the south of the town, through which grass grows and makes the parking spaces less obtrusive and blends them in to the beautiful scenery of Largs. Parking is a must for a tourist economy.”
  • The Scottish West Coast economy would benefit from additional rail links and connecting services from Glasgow Airport to Largs and other Ayrshire towns.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    “Largs must continue to have freqent connections with Glasgow. Scottish Govt investing to input major investment to new rolling stock (£200m) for railways in Ayrshire.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Experts now acknowledge the detrimental effects of the car and heavy duty lorries on our environment, our roads, our villages. Only Socialist policies for an integrated public transport system can tackle the problem.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “The existing rail services are not superb, but the cost of GARL and new railway services would not be a sensible use of public money in relation to the numbers who would use them - most people prefer to get a friend to drive them to/from the airport.”
  • Largs promenade needs to be resurfaced and the pot-holes repaired.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “The promenade is extremely important to the town and should be well maintained.”
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “All the pot-holes need to be repaired but with a cash strapped council/Government it will be difficult to see how this will achieved FOR EVERYONE.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Nice, simple, and level tarmac without expensive Chinese granite and over-the-top features would be an affordable and sensible way to make a visit to the seafront a pleasure again, especially for the disabled.”
  • The Largs "traffic management" scheme should be evaluated and the public consulted on whether it needs to be revised.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Too many cars in Largs!!”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The painted 'roundabout' will simply not last, and will become a serious accident spot. A permanent and easily-recognisable physical barrier is needed to ensure drivers can recognise the intended traffic flow and features of the management system.”

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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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The "Rich List" are the only ones to have seen their income increase in this economic crisis - up by 29%. They have also used every scam in the book to avoid paying their taxes £120 Billion!!”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Yes, but only in that low paid workers should be protected from unfair increases, and without punitive taxes on higher earners which would be both unfair and counter-productive.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “£120 Billion of tax avoidance!! Not hard enough on big business. British companies have also avoided paying taxes to the tune of £250 Billion to the developing countries a scandal.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Yes, but mostly due to the tidal wave of red tape from the EU which the British Govt simply nods through. Cut red tape and taxes on business and make the UK a home for domestic success and inward manufacturing investment again, as it was until 1997.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    “Energy bills do not necessarily have to go up, other measures are available such as taking advantage of Scotland's huge renewable energy potential.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Yes the Government should tackle climate change but no to energy bills going up - an integrated energy policy could easily be met by scrapping the dangerous and highly expensive nuclear industry.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Manufacturing is disappearing in the UK faster than the snow we were told we would never have again due to 'runaway global warming'! It simply moves abroad and operates elsewhere and we lose jobs. We are heading for a post-industrial wasteland!”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “"IF" it is already unequal the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. 8.1 Million unemployed - our country would rather spend £15,000 to keep someone on the scrap heap than invest in our manufacturing!”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “I'm not sure what 'economically unequal' really means here, but we need business success and profits to generate tax revenue to pay off the huge debts built up by Gordon Brown, and to provide jobs for our people, so the more success the better.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    agrees
    “Scotland's lack of economic powers means we are having our budget cut just when we need public investment most.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “£120 Billion tax avoidance collected; a 1% tax increase on the highest earners; coming out of the E.U. would save us billions money that could be invested in what the priorities should be Health, Education etc”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “There are many pointless services that the Govt should simply stop providing, which would not affect teachers, nurses, doctors and anyone doing a real job, and would not even be noticed by the public.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Pensions should be linked to earnings”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I believe Government should encourage savings and people making arrangements for themselves in retirement but there needs to be an adequate basic state pension for all to ensure no pensioner lives in poverty.”
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Socialist Labour Party is committed to restoring the "Link". The Tory government of 1979 betrayed the pensioners and the Labour Government of 1997 betrayed the pensioner by refusing to restore it. Lets celebrate getting older!”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “By working for a lifetime and paying their taxes, people deserve a state-pension to guarantee a decent retirement income, but we should all be encouraged to save extra if we want a higher standard of income in retirement.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    “What is required is proper controls over immigration, something the Westminster parties have failed to provide. We need a "green card" system so that those who can contribute can enter the UK and those who cannot, cannot enter.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Economic migration is too high - Workers coming in from the EU are paid less have poorer conditions whilst British workers are unemployed - this is wrong.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I love my United Kingdom and the British people, and the very social fabric of our country has been completely changed in many areas by either deliberate vandalism and self-loathing, or complete incompetence through excessive mass immigration.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    “Evidence shows that CCTV cameras play an important role in fighting crime.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Over a quarter of the worlds CCTV cameras are in Britain!!!”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Targetted use of CCTV is very useful for crime-fighting and detection, but things have got out of hand.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    “The SNP, like all mainstream political parties, supports civil partnerships. Extending marriage to gay couples would be a matter for individual politicians to consider.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “A good happy family provides the best environment to raise a family what has your sexual orientation got to do with it?”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We may not all be able to, or get the chance to provide a married family and bring up children within it, but that should be recognised by everyone as the best future for our country's children.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    “UK politicians have let voters down. Scottish voters, and Scotland as a whole, need MPs they can trust and who will work hard on their behalf.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I only need to mention the election expenses but what about the things they were legally allowed to get away with!! Selling their second homes to make profit!!”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Some are simply dishonest, others learn to be 'economical with the truth' due to the media's inability to give them a fair hearing and the cowardice of political parties to defend freedom of speech and genuine diversity of opinion and open debate.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    “Culture is a vital part of a nation's identity and economy.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Under capitalism, the arts are governed by money interests which exclude most of us from sharing in these experiences. All arts should be funded properly by Government making sport and arts facilities available to us all.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “I do believe that some support should be given, but is it fair to say a steel worker should lose his or her job without state subsidy but a ballet dancer must be paid by the tax-payer to indulge their personal love or hobby? Double standards, surely?”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    disagrees
    “Scotland should be an independent member of the EU”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Socialist Labour Party is totally committed to complete withdrawal from the E.U. That is the only way Britain can begin to regain control of its economy, sovereignty and its political powers.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Ideally I would prefer to negotiate a return of sovereignty from within, but that could simply not work in practice, so full withdrawal with an amicable free-trade agreement, like EFTA, would be best for the British people and the UK.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Iran or Britain should NOT have nuclear weapons.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “Iran should be stopped from acquiring weapons technology and capability and be supported in its civilian nuclear power programme if it abandons enrichment activities. Persuation and engagement would be my preferred option.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    “Operation cannot be open ended. Obama withdrawing troops next year. The action in Afghanistan was sidelined by the illegal war in Iraq now our troops have an extremely difficult task. Lack of proper equipment and the Afghan regime is corrupt.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Complex issue with no easy answers. I marched against the intervention and support troop withdrawel but cannot see a "successful" outcome whether we stay or go.”
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Troops should be brought home immediately.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We cannot just abandon the mission (as started, so regrettably, under Blair and Brown) but there should be no open-ended commitment.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party)
    is neutral
    “UK has 40 year old commitment to foreign aid of 0.7% of GDP. This is a small amount but UK Government has not met this even now.”
    Katy Clark (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Louise McDaid (Socialist Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britain companies exploit the developing countries - tax avoidance £250 Billion. Looking for information on this check out War and Want web site.”
    Philip Lardner (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Malawi recently bought a new presidential plane, effectively with our aid money. Many african countries would be better served by trade deals and direct, government-sponsored investment and infrastructure by our charities and companies than by cash.”

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