This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough on a wide range of issues

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UK Independence Party - UKIP
Patricia Sullivan
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
Conservative Party
John Sharp
(Conservative Party)
British National Party
John Sheldon
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Maxine Bowler
(Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Extra public money should be spent ensuring that local parks and open spaces, such as Hillsborough Park, are well-lit at night.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This must be for those areas essential for public usage, but we also need to be mindful of light pollution and therefore do this in a sensitive way.”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The Supertram infrastructure ought to be expanded, rather than spending money on the new BRT system.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I've always been in favour of expanding the tram network and wish it had been possible when originally implemented (when the Tory govt declined the funding). The development of public transport is complimentary.”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It's ridiculous that the Supertram network terminates a scant few hundred yards from a railway station at two of the three ends. How can we have integrated transport when the system doesn't integrate?”
  • Local enterprise ought to be encouraged through subsidised business rates.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This is already being done this year by the Govt provision for subsidised business rates for smaller businesses - I'd want us to have an enterprise policy as a city that fostered start ups, incubator schemes and the like as we did in the 80s.”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral

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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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This is what the Govt proposed with the 50% higher rate, the removal for higher rate taxpayers of 40% subsidy on pensions, the NI (which is more progressive than other taxes) increase & objecting to the alleviation of IHT for the mega rich.”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “I thought the criticism was govt hadn't intervened and regulated enough to stop the banks from dropping us in the mire - for day to day small business we need to be as sensitive as possible”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Yes, but in a way that carries people with us if there's not to be a major reaction that takes us back rather than forward. There's already a projected 6% increase above what would've been the case.”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “It's always the least equal who have historically borne the burden of public expenditure reductions and recession, as in my own seat where benefit claimant numbers is up compared with the nat average.”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, in line with Labour's manifesto, protecting health, education, policing and int. development.”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Provision of future pension and retirement income should be a joint venture between the individual, employer and govt - as laid out in the Turner Report and the legislation already in place”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “This would've been the case had we maintained the levels of migration which were sustainable at a time of economic growth. Net immigration has fallen; asylum is at '92 levels; the issue now is how to implement the points system & family reunion”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Cameras should be in place where there's local demand, the need for them & local visible policing would otherwise be an alternative; not where they are hidden or in areas where privacy is expected by all of us”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Children should be raised in loving & stable relationships and both parents should take responsibility where this is feasible. Both partners should accept responsibility whether they are permanently resident together or not”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “It is not possible to give a yes or no answer to a question of this magnitude. The circumstances would be crucial to responding to such a scenario”
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    David Blunkett (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Jonathan Harston (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees

Answers by party

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