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Mohammed Aminul Hoque
(Independent)
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Jim Fitzpatrick
(Labour Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • More consulatation is needed on the Tower Hamlets 15-year plan.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The world has changed significantly in the past months let alone the last year and we need to re-examine our goals and our available resources.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    agrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I voted against the Tower Hamlets Core strategy - it will force ever more high density blocks of flats on us, without providing the services we need.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “It's a disgrace that such detailed and far-reaching plans should effectively be sneaked through without proper time for your consent and especially aound election time. Time to shake up the Town Hall, methinks.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “If the main parties are presidning over it then it will cost 3 times as much as they project and will not achieve the objective.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “You will never get a Plan that everybody agrees, but I support the campaign to keep the green areas. Inner City areas will see the biggest pressures, and keeping it all as it is cannot be an option.”
  • Public money should be spent extending the opening hours of Manchester Road police station.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Policing, especially high visibility policing is critical to public safety.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    agrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, I have worked with the MPS to extend the hours of the Police station, but more needs to be done.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “We need more effective and responsive policing and that means having the police available when they are most needed, in the evenings.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Agree and one of our main policies. Labour thinks crime only happens during the week between 9 and 6pm as thats the stations opening time and I have witnessed gang fights, petrol bombs being thrown and cars crashing into rivals near Island Gardens.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “This is only a part of a much bigger picture, and the whole area of Police spending and accountability needs review. Do we want officers behind desks or out on the beat? What is the best communication between citizen and officer?”
  • Symbolic gates celebrating the Islamic hijab headscarf should be built in Brick Lane.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “An outrageous waste of money given the 20,000+ families on the waiting list for homes”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Why ? What purpose would it serve except to polarise people's views one way or another. Freedom of religeon is fundemental to our way of life - but that doesn't include asking everyone to participate in one religeon .”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Waste of public money and not supported by the community at all.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “This money should be spent on pedestrianisation, improved toilet faciities, parking signage, recycling and refuge collection to enhance the Brick Lane experience for all.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “It is not for politicians to say what you can wear or not. As long as you do not harm someone or cause them loss then you are free to do what you like and take responsibility for the outcome.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    disagrees
    “While we want to celebrate the diversity in the constituency, it is a lot of money. As it has now become contentious, it needs a rethink.”
  • Tower Hamlets should have a directly elected mayor.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Let's clean up the corruption and cronyism at the Council before we consider appointing another official”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “It's another cost which we cannot afford. This is the time to reduce government - local and central - not build more expensive ivory towers.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “A mayor must gain more than 51 per cent support to be elected, and is thus directly accountable to you, the voters, putting you firmly in control and ending back-room deals.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “The English Democrats mayor of Doncaster certainly gets things done and publishes any mistakes on his website that he of his team make.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “This is a decision for the voters to make. Part of my platform is the involvement of Ward Councillors in active consultation on issues before Parliament. These are the people at the political frontline, and they need to have a voice into Parliament.”

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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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Why does Sir Philip Green get lauded by the government when he avoids so much tax personally and in his businesses. These are the people we should be taxing heavily as well as city bankers. Lets bring in the Robin Hood Tax on banks”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “the flat rate of tax which we propose in our manefesto will achieve this. Very High earners will be less inclined to be involved in tax avoidance if they see a flat rate. This is proven by countries , such as Hong Kong , that have a flat rate of tax.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We will all need to shoulder the burden, but those with the most will have to pay more.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “Low earners suffer by far the highest proportional tax burden. Let's raise the tax threshold & progressively tax those who can truly afford it.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “I would halve income tax, business rates and government spending an take our money our of the banks that were bailed out as they done appear to be lending it to anyone. That woud give us £37billion off the deficit. Bnks can look after themselves.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Those who benefitted most through the boom years should contribute correspondingly more through the tough years. The area that needs urgent work is the total tax burden (including NICs) as a person moves from benefits into work.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    agrees
    “The burden on small businesses in red tape strangles innovation. However the financial sector needs strong and consistent regulation”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Government needs to be reduce in size and interference - and especially when it comes to Europe. We have 120,000 new laws from Europe and we pay them £ 40million per day for the privilege. We don't need Europe, we don't need their laws or their bills”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    agrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “We need to cut the red-tape for most businesses.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “It's the lack of effective regulation of the banks that got us into this mess. We now own them. They should be under proper democratically accountable public control and we should end their egregious bonus culture.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Central Economic Planners & Central Banks are responsible for Boom's & therefore Bust. Check out The Forgotten Recession of 1920-21. Banks were left to fail. The Economy drpped 16% with 20% jobless. It took 1 year to recover!”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    agrees
    “Running a small business, the cost of employment regulations and health & safety has risen dramatically over the last ten years, making it harder to create jobs. We must concentrate on stopping the exploiters, not inhibiting the entrepreneurs.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “If we provided insulation for every home in the Land then the offset in lowering bills would cover the cost”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Climate Change is an overused term. We have to reduce our consumption of resources, but this doesn't have to meran higher prices.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “But we need to protect those who can least afford price increases and offer incentives to use less energy.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    is neutral
    “Yes, let's tackle climate change - and REDUCE your energy bills - using the obscene profits of energy companies to subsidise renewables, create green jobs and insulate homes.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Government should take thetax of green fuels like recycled cooking oil and ethanol. You should get all wind turbines solar panels and heat pumps against your tax. The Govt wants to keep us on oil and tax the carbon - what a scam.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    agrees
    “Providing the costs do not fall disproportionately on the less well-off, but not sure how this could be worked. It is a difficult balancing act.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Under a labour government the gap between rich and poor is the greatest it has ever been. Less equal societies suffer from crime and social unrest. Exactly where the UK is now”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Nonsensical statement.Population /County /Country / Industry ?”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “It is a savage indictment of New Labour that the gap between rich and poor has widened over the last 13 years. More equal societies are always happier societies.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “If the Free Market was allowed to function, prices would fall & those who provide the most efficient service would prevail. There would be little waste but everyone would Under-Consume to save costs thus being green in the process.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “While I am not sure I accept all the arguments in books like The Spirit Level, leaving aside the super-rich we ought to be able to raise lower incomes and re-assess some of the managerial incomes, especially in the public sector.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “I would like to see an end to expensive schemes such as PFI and more money spent on frontline jobs such as nurses. The financial waste in the public sector must be tackled before increasing spending”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Government expenditure needs to be reduced as we have to bring our budget deficit under control. If we don't do it, then we will have the same problems as countries like Greece and the IMF will force it on us. Cut the costs not the services.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    agrees
    “I agree but this increase in spending should be on the NHS and Social Care.”
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We need to cut waste not front line services.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “Investment in public services stimulates growth, creates jobs and improves life. Every £1 spent in building new council homes will boost the economy by £2.80.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Public Sector has to make cut backs too as we are told we are all 'in this together'. Its only nasty businesses and those who have been prudent that are being asked to pay for the foolishness of others. Unfair.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “We have to cut our coat to suit our cloth, but we must try and do it without cutting too many jobs. The Irish managed to get agreement to cut on average 13.5%, so why not us? Surely a job with 85% pay is better than no job.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “The Green Party demands a state pension of 170 pounds per week”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “People should in order to enhance their pensions and reduce their relaince on the state.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “People should be encoruaged to save and put more aside. Government should make this worthwhile rather then penalise those who have done the right thing all their lives.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Tell that to Equitable Life pensioners, and the millions who have lost out on work and private schemes because of the banking crisis. We need cost-effective state pensions linked again to earnings.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “If the Government hadnt allowed house price speculation, ever increasing living costs and inflation then we would all be able to retire having provided for ourselves.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “The idea of a State Pension is too deeply ingrained for us to be able to change it. However, those who chose to save to enhance their retirement income should not be penalised, so this implies some inequality in old age. This has to be a choice.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “It would at least be helpful to know how many people are in the UK before making decisions on immigration”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We need to stop immigration in the short term. Once we have recovered economically , we can afford to open our doors to more immiragtion.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    is neutral
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We need to put a cap in place.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    disagrees
    “Immigrants make a net contribution to the UK economy and energise our culture. Politicians play the race card to deflect blame from themselves for their own failed policies.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Tower Hamlets has little space yet large numbers of people come here and expect family housing. It is unrealistic and we need 5 years of stability to settle everybody down and then build to accept more people if that waht you consent to.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “It is hard to get accurate figures. Historically immigration has been a good thing for the country in all sorts of ways, but there are times when rationing is necessary, and now may be such a time.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    agrees
    “They are used as a blunt edged tool and many of them are unable to produce good enough quality images for use in solving crimes”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “We have more cctvs than any other country in the world, however we need the security they afford.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “I would rather not have CCTV in place, but in many instances it has become the only way to protect people. We need more Police on the streets protecting people.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    agrees
    “We have the densest CCTV coverage in the world. The problem is it does not seem to work and in some areas is focussed on penalising car owners rather than criminals. Crime & ASB need more effective & imaginative solutions.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I would take almost all of them out as they are there to snop on us in case we start a revolution not to solve crime. it just gets pushed elsewhere. Give youngsters jobs not criminal records. Stop the minimum wage - this is why youngsters are on dole”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “How many is 'too many'? Once you start surveillance, where do you stop? On balance, if times are uncertain then the benefits outweigh the intrusion.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “It depends on the family. Many dysfunctional parents are the children of the children of the 80's. I think gay couples are just as capable of quality parenting.”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “One cannot generalise in such matters.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    is neutral
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “All children need the security of a loving family whoever contstitute that family. Children flourish because of the quality of those loving relationships rather than the specific family structure.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “A loving, supportive family is the most important missing ingredient above!”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The research I have read seems to confirm this, but there will always be exceptions. If we want to give our children the best, then this has to be the starting point.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “The evidence that they are not honest is overwhelming. All three ''main '' party leaders are promising a referendum if another European Treaty is required.They know that the last Lisobon treaty is '' self healing''and another Treaty will never happen”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    is neutral
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    disagrees
    “Only the most sweeping changes to our rotten Parliamentary system will restore public confidence and get rid of the self-serving poodles with pagers who discredit the Commons.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Honesty is not something you award yourself at the start of your career & then kid yourself you have integrity. Political Honesty isnt honest expenses its being honest that our Keynsain Economic system will never work. see www.mises.org”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “I do not think they are less dishonest than the rest of the population, but the game we make them play lends itself to half-truths and exploitation. We need to change the game, and my proposals to 'Make Elections Matter' will help.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “All forms of Art need to be encouraged .”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    disagrees
    “Let's encourage artists, musicians, writers, film-makers and actors from all backgrounds and increase public involvement. We need arts accessible to all. Analysis shows that arts investment is one of the best job creaters.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Before Govt decided to fund the Arts there was more donations from those who supported the arts than now. Especially true in USA. Arts Bureaucrats wanted to make sure they got hold of tax payers money to give themselves a nice lifestyle.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Arts can never pay for themselves, and if they do, they will only be affordable by the very few. We need to set aside part of the national income for things that lift the spirit and get people beyond themselves and widen horizons.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We cannot afford to be in EU . European Free Trade Ass., yes - supporting a Brussels government - NO”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should have a referendum on EU membership but I am in favour of staying in. The Tories should immediately sever links with their hapless far-right group of neo-fascists and homophobes in the European Parliament.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “English Democrats would leave EU and enter European Free Trade Assoc to get all the beneifts and none of this Euro USSR Mk 2 nonsense that is bound to fail like the first one did.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “We have many things in common, and we can enjoy and share many things together, not least trade. The Euro is a different matter, and we will get out of this recession faster because of the defacto devaluation of the pound.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    agrees
    “We should stay out of this - certainly I would not wish to see British forces involved in any military action”
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Too sweeping a statement. We need to evaluate with a totally transparent investigation if and when it ever happens.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    agrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “I have been against nuclear weapons all my life. The only country with nuclear weapons in the Middle East is Israel. Iran has repeatedly said that it wishes to develop nuclear energy not weapons.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Iran getting a weapon is not the end of the world. They are more likely to want one the more we threaten them. It makes us less safe antagonising Iran. We should Freely Trade with them to repair relations.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “In defence you can never say 'never' so too much will depend on what actually happens. In principle we have to start with diplomacy, and we will all be wary about evidence for pre-emptive strikes after Iraq.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Again too sweeping a statement. Today they need to come home as soon as possible. But for example -if there was a major re-surrgence of terrorism which eminated from Afghanistan then we would have to re-evaluate the need for the troops to be there.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “We have a moral obligation to fix the country.”
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “I opposed this war from the start. Withdraw our troops now so that no more lives are needlessly lost in this deadly and unwinnable adventure propping up a corrupt regime.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should leave immediately. Nothing good can come of us staying. How many Afghans and Iraqis and our Troops have to die so we can save face?”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    agrees
    “The question is 'needed by who?' We should only remain if the Afghan people want us to stay, but how we determine this is not an easy matter.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Chris Smith (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Wayne Lochner (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Currently we cannot afford these levels of aid. Once our Economy has recovered we can re-evaluate.”
    Kabir Mahmud (Independent)
    disagrees
    Tim Archer (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Fryer (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    George Galloway (Respect - The Unity Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Foreign aid properly directed will benefit not only the poorest people in the world but also those in richer countries as improving economic circumstances brings more political stability.”
    Andrew Osborne (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Foreign Aid (not Emergency Humanitarian Aid) cripples economic growth and prevents the under developed world from competing with us. Aid is paid for by tax payers not Corporations who get benefits. Africa lost its mineral rights due to Western Loans.”
    Jim Thornton (Independent)
    is neutral
    “I think we need to see how it is spent. Having worked in Africa, I am not a fan of NGOs who have become 'businesses' and lost the plot. We need to help our neighbours, and we should help with anything that creates jobs.”

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