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Conservative Party
Rob Wilson
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Funding should be secured to provide more allotments in the area - everyone who wants should have the right and ability to have access to 'better' food.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “helps healthier eating tackles 5aday addresses weight problems and provides exercise and wellbeing”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    is neutral
    “If you want a garden, live in a house.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I have frequently discussed this issue with local residents and with Reading Borough Council. There are some allotment sites in the town where it is easier to obtain an allotment than others.”
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “But from where? Better than 'funding' is 'resources'. Use should be made of underused land - with the Council taking a lead and identifying land it owns that would be suitable for allotments and community gardens.”
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly 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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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “The above will probably be the case should one of the old failed parties come to power. UKIP would hold a Referendum of the people with a view to withdrawing from the EU construct. This would save over £120 BILLION pounds a year for the economy.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “ordinary people are taxed enough as it is”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “this will be paid for by the massive profit from the investments banks that we now own as a nation, those shares were purchased at at pittance and while we one them they will pour money into the treasury and is shares sold - even more profits!”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The failed old parties ALL seem to believe that it is possible to legislate business success whilst at the same time burdening SME's with excessive and unnecessary administrative costs mostly imposed by the EU.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “business needs a supportive environment to flourish too much government intervention can stifle business and compliance costs rise”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    disagrees
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    disagrees
    “climate change is cyclical and not wholly dependent on energy use eg volcanoes impact”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    agrees
    “The new nuclear power plants and the severn tidal barriers and new thames barrier will provide all our base load energy needs for the next 300 years.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “There are other radical ways of tackling climate change which do not impact on those who may struggle to pay their electricity bills. If bills are to rise then we must maintain e.g. the Winter Fuel Allowance to help mitigate against this.”
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Actually, if you do it in the right way, investing in home insulation and enforcing tougher standards on private landlords, there's no reason energy bills would go up.”
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “This is bound to happen if successive governments keep ceding more and more control to the EU. They are currently trying to stick their fingers in the pot and trying to control the CITY financial institutes.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “the rich get richer; the poor get poorer is a feature of our society - we should address these inequalities at the lower end of the economic spectrum”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We will be overwhelmingly wealthy with all the profits from the nationalise investments banks when they pour in more money than all of north sea oil of ever did.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “UKIP believes that removing all the EU instigated reporting and management chores will allow front line services such as nurses, police, teachers and others to better get on with the real work.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “public services need to address each service area where savings can be made and achieve efficiency savings using natural wastage - retirement etc”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We need infrastructure projects ensuring local jobs by pushing that cross-rail is not cancelled and that the electrification of the GW line is not cancelled and If I have to sign these contracts myself and send the bill to the treasury!”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Current levels of spending must be preserved.”
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “But see the Liberal Democrat programme for how to save money while investing further in education.”
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “People DO provide for their own retirement through their lifelong contributions to the community and National Insurance. Those that don't have 'private' pensions have done nothing wrong and should NOT be pilloried as they are under this government.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    disagrees
    “people already rely on the state pension which they pay into via their national insurance contributions this should be retained”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    disagrees
    “As a person who spent half my life in the USA, the Pension there is a minimum of almost $1000 and is based on contribution and goes to over $5000 per calendar month, so our paying £100 pw is appalling!”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We urgently need a new settlement for social care which incentivises people to save for their own retirement, but also aids those who for whatever reason (e.g. lack of pension contributions for women who've raised families) require extra help.”
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The upcoming 'Common Immigration Policy' means we lose control of ALL immigration not just from the EU. Figures quoted by the failed old parties do NOT take into account EU entrants into UK who don't ask for leave to remain or citizenship.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    agrees
    “we have 900,000 people not in employment education or training who an untapped employment resource we should employ them over new arrivals”
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “We need the migrant work force to do the jobs that no one in the UK will do! who is going to pick fruit and veg 10 hours a day 6 to 7 days a week??”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But the real issue is that the system has turned to chaos under the last 15 years of Tory and Labour Governments.”
    Rob White (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    disagree
    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    disagrees
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    agrees
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “As a Gay man and Father of a 8 year old son, I find that question to be insulting!”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “The state should not interfere with people's personal relationships.”
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    is neutral
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Most politicians are career politicians and feel that they were born and breed to be in their positions and they have NO touch with real every day life.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Although I have been appalled by the corrupt and self-serving behaviour of a minority of politicians who abused the expenses system.”
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    is neutral
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “A person should be allowed with state support to be the full potential of what their natural talents are and not squandered.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Some arts services have strong spin-offs for the local community and possess an educational element.”
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Rob White (Green Party)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “UKIP base policy”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    disagrees
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Most of OUR trade is with the EU so if we are not a member, we would not have any say in the rules and regulations that our industry would have to abide by. This is a stupid question.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “UKIP advocates the increased use of nuclear power stations. I personnaly feel that the same energy problems will face the rest of the world and they need to be able to address these issues in the same way.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    is neutral
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Nuke them, that will teach them a lesson and the rest of the world. And Yes we should keep all our nukes and build more because one day a meteor will head earth bound and that is currently OUR ONLY PLANETARY DEFENCE!”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Any military action must be an absolute last resort, in accordance with international law and should have explicit United Nations backing.”
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    disagrees
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “All our troups signed on the line to put their life on the line for the name of Queen and Country and if they are going to be paid by my tax money, I want them out there doing work in the world, not sitting on a base shinging shoes & target parctice.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “However I do want to see a carefully planned withdrawal as soon as the security situation has improved in the country, and once domestic security forces are adequately trained and prepared.”
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Our troops are brave but there are not enough of them to contain the violence; we need to consider what their role is and have an exit strategy - including a timetable for withdrawal.”
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Adrian Pitfield (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “BY helping other countries to develop we are actually heading towards a fairer and more balanced world and alleviating possible causes of friction both internally AND migration and security issues externally.”
    Joan Lloyd (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Michael Turberville (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Let other countries sort out their own problems.”
    Anneliese Dodds (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Gareth Epps (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Rob White (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees

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