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British National Party
Robert Bailey
(British National Party)
Independent
David Lorrimer Sturman
(Independent)
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Conservative Party
Andrew Rosindell
(Conservative Party)

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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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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    agrees
    “A cap on bankers bonuses is reasonable, I think. Certainly there should be closure of tax havens that only the rich can take advantage of.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Rather than raise taxes and place yet more burdens on individuals let's save billions every year by leaving the EU, reducing over-regulation on business, and regenerate the economy, thereby raising more taxation from increased prosperity.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Taxes are important, just look at the Greece, Spain, Port etc they avoid at all costs. What has become clear is politicians do not respect the revenue generated. Cut waste!”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I agree with our Party's stand on a 50% tax rate for those who earn above £150,000 per year. I would like to see protection for those on low incomes such as protecting tax credits. I also believe we need to do more for those on middle income.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “In some cases, it doesn't do enough , in others, it takes a stance that is counterproductive.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, but the main problem is that about 83% of our new laws now come from the EU (as estimated by the German Parliament)not Westminster. EU over-regulation destroys jobs.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Give decision making back to business.”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I think we need to provide support for new and small businesses whilst monitoring the impact of big business such as the banking sector.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Peak oil is an issue, we should prepare people for using less and paying more and if taxation finances green initiatives, like renewable energy research, so much the better.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Climate change occurs naturally. What govenrment should do is not make doomed King Canute style attempts to hold back the forces of nature but to make practical plans to protect us from the worse effects of natual occurances.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Until China is stopped poluting the planet we are just burdening our industry with an unfair disadvantage.”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “I am NOT convinced about the argument to date...IS climate change a REAL phenomenon?...or..is this just anothert phase in our geological cycle?”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I don't believe energy bills will naturally rise as a result of tackling climate change. I do however think we need to be doing more in public services to ensure sustainable resources are used and work with industry to reduce emissions.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “if we mean unequal in the sense that the rich would get richer and the poor getting poorer, yes. But we might as well accept that Britian's economy will be overtaken by china soon, and maybe slip in the international rankings.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “What does this mean? What we need is a society where everyone who wants to work can can keep more of their income and raise their own standards of living; while those who cannot work are fairly looked after.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    agrees
    “We have no option. We are bankrupt!”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We need to help those on middle incomes who often struggle to make ends meet for their families as well as decreasing the gap between the rich and the poor. We need a society fair for everyone not just the few.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “People in jobs pay taxes, and stimulate the economy with their own purchases. those unemployed will not.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Public sector spending is spiralling ever upwards. UKIP policy is to create jobs in the real economy so that the number of those reliant on state employment is reduced while actually adding jobs and prosperity to the real economy.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Public services are not over 50% of GDP.. crazy!!!”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “Money does NOT grow on trees! Waste CAN be reduced.”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I don't think we are in a position to see an increase in expenditure the way we have over the past 13 years, however those resources are now there and we must protect them. I think prudence is called for but priority is high quality services.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “This is not a simple issue, given that the Labour Government has done so much to destroy private pensions. Pension policy needs radical reform and a system created that provides a living pension for those that work, and those that were unable to work”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    is neutral
    “We should encourage self pensions but also have a system of support for the poorer members of society”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “This is a VERY COMPLEX oissue..and NEEDS MUCH explanation”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We work hard throughout our lives, pay our NI stamp, and deserve to be able to retire and live at a good standard. Nobody 'demands' assistance for retirement, they have already paid for it!”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Immigration is now uncontrolled and effectively unlimited. England is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and our population growth is unsustainable. Mass immigration should be stopped.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “See my website.”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The English Democrats will FREEZE immigration for 5 years, while MUCH STRICTER BORDER CONTROLS are introduced”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “First we need to distinguish between immigration and asylum and lots of myths peddled by the media. I agree strongly with tightening border controls and the point based system. But also stopping organised crime lords from abusing our systems.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “CCTV was used to spot the people who attacked London on 7/7, It helped ID the Jamie Bulger killers - it has it's uses.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Labour has done its best to turn Britain into a police state. We have the hightest number of cctv cameras in the world spying on our every move. Meanwhile crime is out of control. Tackle crime not make everyone a suspect.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Big brother has got to be stopped”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I have NOTHING to hide!!”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “CCTV has assisted in fighting crime by bringing those who commit crime to justice and enabling police to respond to scenes of crime. I don't think we need too many more but I don't think we should be scrapping them either!”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Depends on the couple. Is he an alcoholic, as well as being straight? Is the child a wanted child - or are they immature parents, wanting a kid in the hope it holds the relationship together? these are the questions to ask.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Research shows that children benefit most from growing up in stable family, whether the parents are married or not. Every child needs a father and mother if that is possible.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “I have many gay friends and see no problem with them being together. They cannot however, offer a balanced up bringing”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “Is it better to leave a child in an orphanage, or for them to be raised in a loving same-sex relationship?”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Families come in all shapes and sizes. I myself was brought up by a single parent after my father's death. The important thing is that parents of any background are given support, and that their children have the chance receive equal opportunities.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Most politicians are honest but the reputations of all have been sullied by those that are not. Why can't we see Tony Blair's MP expenses? And why hasn't Jackie Smith been charged with fraud? If that happened we might restore faith in all politicans.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Its the system that is wrong. We need to end party politics.”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “ENGLISH DEMOCRATS ARE HONEST!! The expenses SCANDAL was used by Labour and the Conservatives to 'WITCH-HUNT out people they didn't want, whilst, for example, Mr Rosindell (Romford) was one of the highest takers for numerous expenses, especially food”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “The MP expenses scandals showed up an age old system that should have been scrapped years ago! I think most MPs are in the job for the right reason although we have seen examples where some have abused the system. We need to change the rules!”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Culture and art is very important to the life of a nation. Some subsidy is necessary but in a time of economic crisis the Arts must expect some belt tightening like the rest of us.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    disagrees
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We can all take pleasure from the arts be this going to a gallery, attending a play or a concert. Like any other talent our citizens have the arts should be nurtured and we should be proud of the talents those in our country display.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Actually no negotiation is necessary. We should repeal the 1973 European Communities Act, leave the EU, and continue with with trade, friendship and co-operation with Europe under world under World Trade Agreement rules.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “See my website too many issues but it is corrupt”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “English Democrats demand a referendum on the EU, with the intention to pull out of it”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Being part of the EU strengthens our trade relationships. We live in a global world and need strong links with our neighbours to secure prosperity for our own citizens.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    agrees
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Any such decision should be based on the circumstances at the time, and made in a spirit of what is in our national interes and not a slavish Blairite subservience to the USA.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    agrees
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “Iraq and Afghanistan are costing UK taxpayers £9 BILLION a year. The way forward is the OBAMA approach...talking NOT fighting!!”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I was against the war in Iraq and want to see our troops returned from Afghanistan. I don't believe we should be going to war with Iran as we don't have evidence that we are at risk.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “So long as we do not carry the burden alone, we should stay. but we need a timetable for leaving, and a proper exit strategy.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Needed to do what? There is no clear military objective. We cannot create democracy in a primitive tribal society that has no understanding of democracy and whose religion is opposed to it.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    agrees
    “sad but true. I would like to see the burden shared with other NATO countriesd. Pakistan should be helped and encouraged further to secure its border. We must have dialog”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “To imagine that the fields of Afghanistan will grow food after troop withdrawal is living in CLOUD COOKOO LAND!! The opium production WILL RESUME when the troops leave..BUT...I FULLY SUPPORT the TROOPS!!”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We should be making moves to bring our troops home so long as it is safe for our country's security to do so.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    disagree
    Helen Duffett (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Gerry Haines (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Aid tends to end up benefitting dictators who syphon large amounts of it into personal bank accounts. It also comes with strings attached that mean that the recipient becomes over dependent on the donor - I want Fair Trade, not foriegn aid.”
    Gerard Batten (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Britain's aid budget is now controlled by the EU. Much of it ends up in the Swiss bank accounts of tyrants and we give money to countries like India and Pakistan that have nuclear weapons programmes. Indviduals should donate if they wish.”
    Philip Joseph Hyde (Independent)
    agrees
    “Aid should be British products and British financed building projects to benefit our industry as well. No money to governments maybe some aid agencies”
    Peter Thorogood (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “IF we leave the EU and IF a Parliament for ENGLAND happens, thus getting rid of the discriminating Barnett formula, the people of ENGLAND will be more able to help other countries. MONEY does NOT buy KNOWLEDGE.”
    Rachel Voller (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We live in a global society, many of the problems in developing countries are added to by our actions here in the UK, such as climate change, trade deals etc. We need to make sure our own country is cared for but not neglect our place in the world.”

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