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Conservative Party
Nicola Blackwood
(Conservative Party)
The Animal Protection Party
Keith James Mann
(The Animal Protection Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Public money should be spent on a door-to-door insulation initiative, similar to that pioneered in Kirklees.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “While initiatives for insulation and energy savings are welcome, such cost cannot be justified when big government savings will need to be made after the next election.”
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Good use of public money. Good for local jobs and skills as well.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Energy efficiency is so important that we should try everything. It pays for itself.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • Police resources should be diverted to ensure that cycle safety is policed continually, rather than sporadically.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “I may be being stupid, but I do not quite understand this question. Sorry. (Chris Goodall = chris@carboncommentary.com)”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Best way is to increase education in schools.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Road safety by all road users should be enforced - car drivers and cyclists. I support Cyclox's advocacy of the Bike Polite scheme.”
  • Public money should be spent on refurbishing Council-owned properties such as Grantham House rather than putting them on the market or leaving them derelict.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “This depends on the individual circumstances of each property - but it is not good to see properties vacant.”
  • Oxford City should become a unitary authority.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This is in line with Green thinking. We need power to be devolved down as far as possible.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Oxford City's specific needs are ignored by the County Council (whose ruling Conservative group have no councillors in Oxford). A unitary authority would be a better solution for the City.”
  • The ‘Northern Gateway’ development is a bad idea.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “A badly conceived scheme that is not needed, would infringe upon the Green Belt, add to traffic, disrupt the lives of local residents and serve no useful purpose. Greens say we should work as Oxford communities to ensure it isn't diverted elsewhere.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I have campaigned against this because there is already plenty employment space and we need housing not more commuters. The site is totally unsuitable environmentally.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We need more good job opportunities and housing in Oxford - this development would bring both, but the infrastructure needs attention. The Northern Gateway development was first put forward when the Lib Dems controlled Ox City Council.”
  • Public money should be spent on the compulsory purchase of the Jericho boatyard site by the local council.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This is a superb site for local sustainable development of housing and workplaces, including a boatyard.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “There may be a role for public money to be used to deal with this as developers have behaved very badly here. Councils cant just comp purchase willy-nilly though!”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “This might be a good idea, particularly if the site could incoporate a community centre and affordable housing.”
  • Public money should be spent on weekly domestic rubbish collection, not fortnightly.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Fortnightly bin collections are the result of the European Union (EU landfill directive 1999) which results in Councils facing large fines if they do not dramatically reduce landfill. To achieve this council's have moved to fewer collections.”
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I am not convinced that a weekly collection of rubbish is necessary after we implement a weekly food collection.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Recycling collection has to be funded somehow and we should be able find a way to do this without increasing overall number of collections. But some weekly collection may be needed.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The fortnightly system is now in and it would make no sense to reverse it, particularly as recycling has increased significantly.”
  • Many commuters are taking up parking spaces reserved for local residents. Policing the parking restrictions in North Oxford should be a higher priority.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “This may be a problem in particular areas but I do not believe it should be a high priority across Oxford north for the police.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I would question whether it should be a higher priority - but the County Council needs to be fair in enforcing a system it is making residents pay for.”
  • Oxford should build a modern tram system.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Traffic congestion in central Oxford can only be cured by investment in much better public transport and a tram system is the best way of doing this.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “This may not be feasible in our streets but imaginative public transport schemes are a top priority.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • The ‘western watercourse’ option in the Oxford Flood Plan is a good idea.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “I do not know enough about this. I would like to know more. (Chris Goodall = chris@carboncommentary.com)”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The problem is that there is not enough funding for flood alleviation schemes.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • It is fair to charge for parking at the Park-and-Ride.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “In an ideal world this should be free but as long as prices not too high and the parking is secure then small charge is OK.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees

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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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “And this also applies to the need to make the tax system fairer as the Lib Dems propose by closing tax loopholes used by the very wealthy in order tot raise the tax threshold for lower and middle earners.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Labour has introduced the 50p top rate of income tax at the same time as the Lib Dems dropped their proposal, and also introduced the bonus tax on bankers.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Not only the British Government, but there are also nearly 120,000 EU Directives and Regulations that impact on the UK economy, for example the Temporary Workers Directive which threatens Britain's flexible economy vital to emerging from a recession.”
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Government is right to require fair treatment at work but taxes too complex and we gold-plate regulations too much.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    disagrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The cost of doing nothing will be greater. Need to tackling energy efficiency which will keep bills down. Help with bills for poor also needed.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Climate change is the greatest challenge we face, and we must tackle it - the Climate Change Act provides for emissions to reduce by 80% by 2020.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Inequality is one of the biggest problems with British society.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The gap between rich and poor has widened under Tory and Labour. There is good evidence that more equal societies are happier and more crime-free. Is my top priority”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Greater equality is an objective that should be on the agenda of all governments in a global world. Labour has made significant progress, particularly on child poverty - but there is still more to do.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britain's deficit is unprecedented in peacetime, there is simply no alternative but to cut government spending.”
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “This is not a viable option for the next parliament.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Overall public *spending* should be cut, but this does not mean that public services be cut. Eg can scrap trident and boost schools and front-line NHS. LDs are most clear on how we would tackle deficit than any other.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    agrees
    “I think people need to save more for their own retirement.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “A civilised society must always provide for a basic state pension entitlement for all. Morality requires that the state not allow penury in retirement.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “This needs to be a mixture of personal responsibility and collective state saving.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “While we should encourage skilled migrants on work permits and asylum seekers, mass uncontrolled immigration has led to enormous pressures on services and space. EU legislation means that we are unable to control immigration from other EU countries.”
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Our problems of overcrowding, pressure on schools and other resources arise partly because of the high recent levels of net immigration.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “This is far too simplistic a question. We need to ensure that the UK gets the skills it needs. My local employers are short of certain people and oppose a simplistic cap.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Labour's points-based system is the best way to control immigration, ensuring a firm but fair outcome. A cap would be arbitrary and might impact key services like health.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “It depends whether they are sited in places which deter crime not just displace it or spy on law-abiding people.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “I have seen as a local councillor how effective CCTV has been in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. Resident feedback is positive.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “I think two parent families are better for children. I do not care about the sexual orientation or gender of those parents.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The research evidence does not support this and of course since stable couples get married and others don't it is the stability which counts not the marriage certificate. In any event the state needs not to stray into private lives too much.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “All families are different, and I don't think we should pretend otherwise. Attempts to engineer family life are misguided.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Although my expenses were all found to be clean by Legg, the fact is that majority of MPs had issues. Our political culture needs radical change with abolition of safe seats and stronger rules on donations, etc.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britain is a European country and much of what is best about this country arises because of its integration with the countries of continental Europe.”
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “This would affect our economy badly.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “This is a complex issue, but Israel will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon and Israeli action would be a disaster. So no option by the UN or NATO should be ruled out.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “A diplomatic solution needs to be found, with the support of the international community.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But the Lib Dems were the first party to say that the current strategy needs changing so that we can withdraw earlier.”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Britain is one of 42 countries operating under the UN mandate. We must work with our international partners and with the Afghan authorities to determine how long troops stay in Afghanistan.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Paul Williams (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Chris Goodall (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We have a duty to assist the poorest in the world and our aid budget is still below the UN target and below that of even less wealthy countries. Poverty causes war and we also suffer from that with refugee flows”
    Richard Stevens (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees

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