This page contains the views of the MP candidates for North West Durham on a wide range of issues

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UK Independence Party - UKIP
Andrew McDonald
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
British National Party
Michael Stewart
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
Conservative Party
Michelle Tempest
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The council should spend more public money to clear up litter in Consett and the surrounding area.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “We must make sure the existing budget is spent effectively. Next we must motivate and convince some local people to respect their environment by not littering it. If all we do is get the council to pick up what people drop the problem is unsolved.”

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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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Whilst re-balancing the tax system within the existing framework, we have no proposals for, or intention of, raising any tax rates.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Without the interference of the government in the current recession many firms would have gone to wall, many employees would have lost their jobs and the recession could have been much deeper and lasted much longer than it has”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “There is a role for supervision and regulation, but the main function of government in this area is to enable a framework within which business and entrepreneurs flourish.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Climate change internationally and securing future energy sources locally are huge issues for this country. Securing clean, sustainable, long term energy may cost more in the short term but cannot be put off any longer”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “It's important this does not affect the poorest which is why we propose that people who use less should pay less. We’ll change bills so the first units are cheapest. We’ll protect the poorest customers by making energy firms create “social” tariffs.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It is both a social and an economic problem which threatens the fabric of our society.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “In the current economic situation public spending is supporting the economy, supporting the private sector and preventing many companies going bust and generally stimulating growth. To pull that funding out too quickly risks the recovery.”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    is neutral
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Restraint is necessary when there is such a large budget deficit.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The state has a role in helping employers and employees to provide good pension schemes and should step in when pension funds go bust as that is not the fault of the people who have paid into these schemes over many years”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “State should provide an adequate basic pension system that does not rely on means testing so that no old person faces retirement in poverty, but people are also incentivised to save for their own retirement and not penalised for saving.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Growing, wealthy economies have always depended on a level of immigration. It should be the right people with the right skills.”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has been too high in some parts of the country, which has stretched public services and damaged community cohesion. In other areas (like Scotland) more people are required to help their economy grow.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    is neutral
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We have less than one per cent of the world’s population but a fifth of the earth’s CCTV cameras. Where communities want them, however, they are a welcome aid to policing.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Families come in all shapes and sizes. What matters is that they care for and nurture their children”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    is neutral
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Love and commitment to children are the most important elements in bringing up children. They can exist in all kinds of relationships (and none).”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    disagrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “However honest people are innately, a political system in which politicians are genuinely answerable to constituents will keep them more "honest".”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “If the arts had to pay for themselves then many forms of art would be inaccessible to most people”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    is neutral
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts are a vital part of the fabric of society. Some support for them is essential especially in nurturing new talent. Arts funding is a duty, not an option for any government.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Politically and economically we benefit from being part of Europe. We would campaign to remain in Europe in any referendum on membership (which we would welcome if further major change in European relationships was proposed).”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “These issues are too complex for a 1 word response and much will depend upon the context at the time.”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Iran does not have a nuclear weapon at present and is not close to developing one. We support action by the international community to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, but we oppose military action against Iran in current circumstances.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “British troops should stay in Afghanistan until the Afghan army and security services are in a position to provide locally and there is no longer a threat of a return to the kind of terrorist regime that sponsored terrorism against Britain.”
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Liberal Democrats are critical supporters of the mission in Afghanistan. The new strategy is the last, best hope for success. We do not believe we can turn Afghanistan into a modern democracy. But a more stable, secure Afghanistan is in our interests”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Pat Glass (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Watts Stelling (Independent)
    agrees
    Owen Temple (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats will work for a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice. We will increase the UK’s aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 and enshrine that target in law. G8 nations must keep their Gleneagles promises.”

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