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Conservative Party
James Arbuthnot
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The proposed mega depot in Pyestock should not be built.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The views of local residents must be respected by the state and residents overwhelmingly oppose the Pyestock development. This is what democracy should be about. Respecting the wishes of the electorate.”
  • House building should stop in the rural areas around Basingstoke.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
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    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “There must be sustainable housing development taking the protection of the natural environment strongly into account. There has been too much development without adequate infrastructure as a result of housing companies pouring money into Tory coffers”
  • Misleading parking signs in Fleet should be replaced.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “My wife got a ticket there!”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Too many people are unfairly penalised by unclear parking signs in Fleet. My wife fell victim to a parking fine recently due to an unclear sign!”
  • The current limit of 28,000 take-off and landings per annum at Farnborough Airport should not be increased.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Aircraft contibute the greatest amount of carbon emissions.”
  • Frimley Park Hospital should resolve their parking difficulties, now that they have the money and planning permission to do so.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I have had the experience of it taking longer to get from Frimley to a hospital parking space than it did from Heathrow to Frimley”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Repairing local roads that are in disrepair should be a priority.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “BUT Hampshire need to sort out their relationship with their contractors so that half-finished jobs are not signed off without inspection”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I will lobby hard for all levels of government to tackle this problem. An estimated £10 billion is needed from the Government to repair roads properly.”

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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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “There must be no tax breaks for the rich. The rich must pay their fair share of tax and lower and middle income earners should receive some tax relief. People will only accept austerity measures in the next Parliament if the burden is fairly shared.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “The City, business and bankers have been getting away with inadequate regulation. Never again should banks be allowed to "hold a gun" to the UK economy. The economy must be rebalanced to foster growth of small businesses and responsible lending.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Increased unit costs should not mean increased bills”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Energy bills will reduce if we invest in "smart grid" technology infrastructure to enable people to conserve energy. To continue as we are in consuming energy would require three planets to live on. It is unsustainable.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “If we continue with "selling things" rather than investing in "making things" by building up our green tecnology manufacturing, we will be unable to compete on an equal footing with countries like China.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We cannot continue spending on the public sector as we are. We have to reprioritise the areas where we need to increase spending such as tackling tax fraud to make savings and decrease unnecessary defence project spending.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “There is a requirement for a minimum level of support for those unable to make their own provision and this should be at a level which permits some sort of life”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “It is the responsibility of the state to safeguard people in retirement but they must do more to help people provide for their own retirement. Private sector must be regulated to prevent them failing such as Equitable Life did in the late 1990s.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Exit checks were abolished by the last Conservative Government and Labour kept the status quo. We have no real idea who is in the UK. They must be reinstated and I want a regional points based system to encourage immigrants to work where needed.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “CCTV has proven to be a very helpful tool in the fight against crime.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Every family and their circumstances are different and there are other stable environments in which to raise a family.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Many politicians willingly make great sacrifices of time and/or money to serve their communities.”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Only a significant minority of politicians are corrupt and most of these were in "safe" parliamentary seats where they are guaranteed "jobs for life". Most politicians at any level work hard to help their communities.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Only by working together can we tackle international terrorism through the European Arrest Warrant. Climate change does not stop at the borders. And the difference between Iceland and Ireland one is the EU. Working collectively saves economies.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
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    “Although the government of Iran is irrational and sometimes unpleasant and lacks universal support from the population, Iran is a nation with a long history and few inhabitants would welcome outside interference”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “War should be avoided if at all possible and if Iran do not pose a threat. However, if global security is at risk and if there is a clear international mandate, then invasion should not be ruled out. But there must be a clear exit strategy.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
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    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as the benefit they are delivering outweighs the costs”
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “British troops need to ensure the establishment of democratic structures and a stable Afghan army/police force. Withdrawal now could destabilise the region and the Pakistani Government could fall to the Taliban leaving nuclear weapons in their hands.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Ruth Duffin (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Barry Jones (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Denzil Coulson (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain can do more to help poorer nations. By doing so, this eases the immigration flow to the UK from poorer nations.”

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