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Labour Party
David Miliband
(Labour Party)
Conservative Party
Karen Allen
(Conservative Party)
Green Party
Shirley Ford
(Green Party)
Independent
Sam Navabi
(Independent)
British National Party
Donna Watson
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them

Let's start by looking at the local statements

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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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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    agrees
    “I think the tax rate for people earning over £100,000 must be at a higher level, and this should also go higher for people whose earnings are in the millions!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Not so much taxes but the added value created by working people should be used to meet the social sector and other needs of the people instead of society paying tribute to the monopoly companies and the rich. Then the working people would pay less.”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “It would appear that the high earners are earning extraordinary sums and are well placed to pay higher taxes.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I don't know what you mean by government interference? I do believe in some means of regulating businesses to stop them from monopolising and taking us to the boom and bust situations!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Public right should be established over the monopoly right of big business, the banks. Small businesses should supported by government in the context of an economy that is geared to meeting the needs of all.”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The number of civil servants surrounding small busineses is far too excessive.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Clearly there is a balance, a severe rise in energy bills would be a serious problem for many low-income people.”
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    agrees
    “We as one of the large environmental polluters have the responsibility to reverse our way of consuming energy and lead the other countries by example.”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Energy bills should be part of the social wage”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    disagrees
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    agrees
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Public sector spending will have to be cut substantially, while protecting some key areas.”
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We must try our best to sustain the present public expenditures and try to reduce our debits by other means, such as Taxes and Trident missiles!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    disagrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I think people who can afford to make such provisions for themselves must do so, but state should always remain as the main provider of a decent pension provider to the majority of less fortunate public.”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    agrees
    “People working in the private sector and not guaranteed any favours.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Levels are too high, but immigration can be valuable to Britain and should not be choked off in principle.”
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “I don't think it is too high, but I do believe it is not properly regulated and controlled. Unfortunately as an aging nation we do need the migrants to assist us in our day to day activities which is a consequence of a longer living symptom!!!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Immigration is not the problem. Migration is a fact in and out and should not be made a scapegoat for a system that does not provide for the members of society in terms of housing employment and services. End immigration racism”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    agrees
    “Surely we have reached the full up sign.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “CCTV can be useful in some cases, but more usually just displaces crime into other areas, or off the street entirely.”
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “This is one of those policies which has been put to practice to create extra revenue to the authorities! I think we should have some visual security operation, but not at the present level!!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    agrees
    “Even when criminals are recorded on them commiting their misdeanors it is very rarely used as evidence.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “In theory this is suppose to be the right environment, but you look at history of the number of children who are abused or get into crimes, you will find out that majority are from the married, hetrosexual environments!!!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Government has a duty to provide the best environemnt for all”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    is neutral
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “A minority of corrupt or self-serving politicians give the majority a bad name.”
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    agrees
    “I think most of the British politicians have been honest and patriot through out the history and the present ones are not excluded. This doesn't mean that we don't come across some corrupt and misguided politicians every now and then!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “The working people need their own worker politicians that provide and opposition to the big parties”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    disagrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Art and artists are people who's works will form the identity of a nation and therefore they must be supported in a way that they use their time in creating more work which will then become part of our heritage for the future generation.”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “The amount a society invests in culture is one measure of its civilisation and humanity”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “The future success of all the European countries depends on putting a united front to be able to sustain their political and economical position in the world against some of the other big players and upcoming economies such as USA, China and India!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “The European Union is a Europe for the interests of monopoly right and is the enemy of the rights of the people”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We were promised a referendum and then denied one.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    agrees
    “I do not believe military option is a solution to any problems, and with the present involvement of UK in the Middle East, the last thing our government should do is to enter into another conflict!!”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “Hands off Iran.”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    is neutral
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    agrees
    “Now we are there, then it is our duty to make sure the country is in a stable position with the rule of law before leaving.”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Bring the Troops Home Now. No Troops on Foreign soil. End the dangerous alliance with the US, Nato and Israel”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    disagrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Stephen Psallidas (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Siamak Kaikavoosi (Independent)
    disagrees
    “We are part of the world economy and we must make sure those who live in the less fotunate places are not forgorren and help them in a way to encourage them to look after themselves before we stop the aids.”
    Roger Nettleship (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britian does not give any "aid". It is all linked to its own interests or those of Brtish companies. It expropriates huge wealth from poor countries, imports their skilled workers.”
    Victor Thompson (Independent)
    agrees

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