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Conservative Party
Tim Yeo
(Conservative Party)

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  • The closure of hospitals across Suffolk will result in an inadequate service, particularly for emergency care.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “I am not aware of plans to close hospitals in Suffolk. I appreciate that the transfer of a few highly specialist treatments may appear to reduce service but am satisfied that doing so will improve outcomes and that other services locally are good.”
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “UKIP believes in elected County Health Boards to set local priorities such as this, as the NHS is too centralised. Waste must be eliminated with frontline services fully protected”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “closures of community hospitals will make it harder for the NHS to cope with winter viruses, flu outbreaks. More bed blocking.”
  • Stansted airport should not be expanded.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I have never been in favour of Stansted expansion.”
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “UKIP proposes a new Thames Estuary Airtport along the lines of the modern Hong Kong airports, replacing Heathrow as the UK's main international airport and removing the need to expand Stansted.”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Public money should be spent on burying power cables around Groton, and permission to build pylons should be refused.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I have submitted a response to National Grid rejecting the four proposed overground routes and asking why they did not consult on under-sea or underground cabling.”
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Many of these pylons are needed because of wind turbines, which UKIP opposes. UKIP would abolish the undemocratic new Infrastructure Planning Commission to which the Suffolk consultation goes, whose aim is to overturn democratic decisions”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Local authorities in South Suffolk should withdraw from involvement with the East of England Development Agency and associated bodies.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “EEDA is primarily an EU body reporting to Brussels. UKIP will abolish all regional government costing £2.2 billion a year and restore the county as the key government unit”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Regional development agencies should only focus on economic development and cut duplication with other bodies”
  • Village pubs should not have rateable value increases.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I agree that we need to support village pubs and other essential village services, and that there are a range of ways of doing this.”
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “UKIP fully supports village pubs as an essential community resource. We will ensure local councils will control over half their resources - 5% of VAT at 17.5% will go to the local council as a Local Sales Tax and half of UBR, and they can assist pubs”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I support CAMRAs campaign. Pubs are social hubs and vital to communities”
  • A bypass should be built around Sudbury as soon as possible.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We should instead be encouraging more use of public transport, walking and cycling for short journeys”
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “UKIP will divert £3 billion of the £6.4 billion saved in membership fees to the EU to transport, helping to pay for this.”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I have been a campaigner for this for a log time. The Town needs infrastructure to cope with its housing growth.”

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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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “The LibLabCon-sensus all believe in 50% income tax and 20% VAT is likely. We need to cut taxes to get the economy moving not drive wealthcreators abroad”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Much of which is due to the 120,000 Directives and Regulations the EU has imposed on the UK”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “For many small businesses it is true and we need a one in, one out rule for new regulations but there are some industries eg banking needed better regulation”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “UKIP strongly opposes green taxes and driving up fuel poverty and energy costs for an unproven claims of man made Global Warming”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “but we need to make homes beter insulated, new homes need to be more efficient, and tariffs lower for the first energy used not as at present where your first energy use is the highest. Tackling fuel poverty is a priority.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “The public sector now employs 1 in every 4 UK workers - at 8 million it is more than London. We need to transfer 2 million public sector jobs over 5 years to private sector through tax cuts, less regulation and more manufacturing”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “More money to frontline services by cutting waste & quangos and stopping some government IT projects. Redirect resources Eg Scrap ID cards and use money to employ more Police.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “British pension funds cover 75% of pensioners, whilst France and Germany only cover 5-6%. We need to leave the EU or we'll be paying the EU pension bill - as with Greece”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We need to end mass, uncontrolled immigration with a 5 year freeze on permanent settlement, we are too crowded a country - it is about space not race”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Better controls are needed. UK Border Force should have Police powers to deal with illegal immigration. Immigration brings benefits some regions require it. We need a system that allows migrants to go only where the jobs are available.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “All should be reviewed for need and effectiveness - some are vital, others redundant”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “We fully support marriage but we value too long term, stable loving relationships”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “They're better than in the EU, but MP Expenses and dishonesty over the emerging EU superstate suggests too many are dishonest now”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Every politician I personally know is honest in their behaviour, many politicians need to be more honest when answering questions.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Subsidy in the Arts covers a wide range, including museums and galleries which own national treasures that should be available to all. Other subsidy may be open to challenge in times of economic uncertainty.”
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We need a Free Trade Agreement as over 50 other nations havce with the EU, and be like Switzerland and Norwsy, who trade happily with the EU but are not in the political superstate. We are EU's largest importer of goods”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “it would depend upon the circumstances, this is too complicated a question for a multiple choice response”
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “UKIP does not support commiting any ground troops but the nuclear threat from Iran is very serious and support for some military action as a last resort must be option”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Military action should be the last course of action in any crisis.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “UKIP demands a single, clear, achievable goal in Afghanistan. If that is not achievable we will seek to negotiate with our 40 NATO partners there for withdrawal”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We need a strategy that brings stability in government,tackles corruption and allows withdrawl in next Parliament”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Emma Bishton (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    David Campbell Bannerman (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “UKIP wants to join a Commonwealth Free Trade Area on leaving the EU so that many countries can be helped via trade rather than aid. Trade is more long lasting than aid handouts. Emergency aid is fully supported.”
    Nigel Bennett (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees

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