This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Sherwood on a wide range of issues

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British National Party
James North
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
Liberal Democrats
Kevin Moore
(Liberal Democrats)
Labour Party
Emilie Oldknow
(Labour Party)
Conservative Party
Mark Spencer
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Extra public money should be spent to ensure that there is reduction in services offered at Newark Hospital.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I don't understand that should it be "no reduction?"”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “more money for reduced services? is this a trick question, or just badly written?”

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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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “but you must define higher Earners. If the tax and NI rate rises above 61% then people will cheat even more my view is that 61 % total is high enough”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Sherwood,home of Robin Hood, must support the Robin Hood Tax”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “but it is the EU that is really responsible the lawa and the directives are far too numerous”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    agrees
    “The government interferes too much in most aspects of life”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “There is no need to raise energy charges if we tackel it sensibly If we give some grant money to research into Clean coal. Nottinghamshire has the cleanest coal in the uK we should use it!”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Energy bills are already crippling. We need low-carbon technologies that are not prohibitively expensive”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    agrees
    “I'd certainly like to see more equality”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Maintain spending, yes. Increase, no.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “People have paid tax over 40 years for a pension and the government spent their money! It's a daft question”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Many that tried to have been shafted by the financial sector - we can't leave them destitute”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Not a real issue in Sherwood, despite what the Daily Mail might say.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Those that are there for health and sfety issues, or crime prevention should stay. wonder what that leaves?”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    strongly agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We live in a diverse society”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    is neutral
    “We know some are, we know some are not. I don't know which is the majority”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I'd like to see spending move out of the capital, and some highbrow subsidies are difficult to justify”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    disagrees
    “This would harm the UK economy”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Depends what you mean by support.”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    is neutral
    “I'd need to see the non-dodgy dossiers first”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “that depends on who defines the need”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    agrees
    “Question answers itself, but what constitutes 'need' is not clear”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Margot Parker (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “If Aid was not sidetracked in the pockets of the administrators or military I would change my answer.”
    Russ Swan (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Making the world a better place is in our own best interests”

Answers by party

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