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UK Independence Party - UKIP
Roy Goode
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The local authority should spend public money to try to network and support carers.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    agrees
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Carers need all the support they can get. By establishing a network for carers they can learn from, and support each oher.”
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “It can be lonely & draining as well as rewarding being a carer.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • There should be a bus station in Stafford.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Stafford needs to improve the public transport system and a central bus station linked to the train station would be a good start.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “I cannot think of a County Town without a bus station. Such a facility could provide the central focus for the public transport network within the town.”
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Public transport needs to be vastly more available, comfortable & convenient... a bus station is a vital part of this. Much more moderate use & phasing out of carbon fuelled vehicles is an essential part of avoiding enviornmental catastrophe.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Extra public money should be spent to help elderly people at home within the constituency.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “All of our elderly deserve the best possible care whether it is in their own home or in a care home. This should be funded entirely from public funds.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “As someone with elderly parents (91 & 92) I realise the value of helping the elderly stay in their own home as long as possible.”
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Some people are suffering from neglect or at least insufficient support at the moment. They should not be at risk or experience stress.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The question is not specific enough. But if it means that more money should be spent to enable to people to stay in their homes rather than to have to go to a care home, I agree.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Money should be spent on improving public transport, not on building a bypass.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The County Council Development Services/Highways Department appears to be largely squandering money & acting with minimal regard to the environment. Look at the by-pass at Rugeley, a town which already had a dual carriageway!”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “This is not an either/or. I support the construction of the Eastern Distibutor Road/Bypass and the improvement of public transport. Both are necessary”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I take it this refers to the so-called Western Orbital Road.”
  • The county council is wrong to ban election posters.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Is it a coincidence that as soon as the Conservatives take control of the County Council they ban election posters from lamposts? The Conservatives seem to be the only party with enough money to pay for posters on bill boards!”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “It's clear they did this knowing full well they could call on their landowner and farmer supporters to get their own posters erected in their fields!”
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This is an abuse of power by the Conservative dominated council whose party has loads of money to pay for expensive hoardings.Less well-endowed parties will be rendered less noticeable ... it undermines demoracy”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “The county council has a right to decide what is displayed on its property. But the decision should be reconsidered in advance of every election.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Extra public money should be spent on building more affordable housing in Stafford.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Selling off Council Houses was a disaster and we now need to spend a large amount of money to recify the shortfall.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Especially in rural areas”
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Homes are essential . Many people, especially young adults are squeezed out of the housing market because of the sale of council houses & lack of building of replacement stock.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees

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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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    disagrees
    “We don't need to raise taxes we just need to stop wasting money on things like overseas wars, the EU and foreign aid!”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Higher taxes on the very wealthy & higher earners is far, far less injurious than cuts in jobs and services. The very wealthy/highest earners have being paying far, far less than their fair share for 30 years”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The key to tax rises is how much revenue is actually raised. The increases in taxes already announced have fallen mainly on the highest earners and I support this. However to do much more may well be counterproductive.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Hence Labour's new 50p top rate of income tax, a 50% tax on bankers' bonuses and no increase in the threshhold for Inheritance Tax”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There is too much red tape stopping small business's from expanding and taking on employees.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “There has been too much support for big business eg banks, nuclear industry, agri-business and too little support for small business. There is too much government paperwork, bureaucracy inflicted on business in some respects.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Red tape is a problem to be tackled but partnership working between government and business would be a good thing”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The government can not takle 'Climate Change' because most of it is not our fault.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Green party believes in removing and reducing demand for energy and having renewable energy sources for our remaining needs. This means increased taxation on fossil fuels, massive public investment in renewables and carbon quotas for everyone.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Energy bills will rise in the coming years. The key is a) to help those who are classed as being in fuel poverty and b) to ensure our energy security using low carbon sources which will both keep a lid on energy costs and tackle climate change.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “But diverse, secure supplies of energy are the best way to keep prices affordable and poor households need special protection”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    agrees
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There are families who haven't been in employment for 3 generations at the bottom of society whilst mega luxury lifestyles have been reaped at the top.Not a good idea to make things worse.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “I assume this means more unequal in terms of income. I want to see lower income inequality in Britain.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There are three main areas that need more funding, the NHS, Education and Crime Prevention. We can increase funding to these areas without raising taxes by cutting waste like the £45m the EU costs us every day!”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There should be increased spending on: youth facilities,pensions, elderly care,child benefit, public transport,support for small business and affordable homes .”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “It is quality of services not cost which are important”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We do have to reduce the deficit before we can plan to spend more taxpayers money, but in the meantime frontline public services should be protected”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    is neutral
    “There should be incentives for people to save for retirement but there should be a safety net for those who were unablt to do so.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “It is a good idea for people to plan for life beyond retirement.However low wages and high expenses in adult life mean large sections of our society are unable to save much. We should look after all those in need.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “Not either/or. The state has a role to play”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We should all be entitled to a secure state pension. We should all be encouraged also to save.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Immigration must be stopped now! All illegal immigrants must be sent home and when we leave the EU all EU workers will have to leave as well. This will free up jobs and homes which will help solve the housing and jobs shortage.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “We should always take in our fair share of refugees, provide aid to starving nations, employ workers where there are skill shortages but I believe broadly in policies which would give local people priority in jobs & housing.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The pressure on housing, infrastructure and public services is growing fast and the current rate of increase in population is unsustainable.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “We do need to ensure that empoyers invest in training their workforce and not reaching for migrant labour as the easy solution.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Some CCTV cameras are very usefull in city centres but there are far too many cameras spying on our every move.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    agrees
    “We need more local police stations and the return of bus conductors, park keepers, public toilet attandants & building janitors and increased community policing.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “They are a safetry measure saving lives on our roads.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “What is important for childcare is an emotionally warm and supportive family which does not have money worries or housing problems. There is no best form of family for raising children beyond these essentials.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “I believe strongly in marriage and will always support it. However, broad generalisations such as this are unhelpful. Families can be poorly raised by married couples and well raised either outside marriage or by people on their own.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Millions of families differ from this description and they are not second class in my book though many such couples also do a great job raising children.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Unfortunately it has been proven that they are not all honest and we need a fresh start with new MPs to try to gain the publics trust in the political process.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Unfortunately we have been living through a very money-grubbing(mercenary) time. Many people including politicians have been contaminated as well as crooked/irresponsible bankers & celebrities. However there are many who have integrity.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    agrees
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    agrees
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The world would be a bleaker place without the arts. They contribute significantly to our well-being whether it's a school play , an orchestra or gig , or an exhibition of paintings photographs.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “Arts often need subsidy. However they must also not come totally to rely on Government subsidy.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Culture in a civilised society is so important that there is a role for government to promote it.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Over 75% of our laws are made by the EU which is totally unacceptable. We must leave straight away to regain the right to decide our own future.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Green Party believes in democratic government at the closest level. So we would welcome some reduction in EU powers. We are against joining the euro but see the EU as as having a vital role for the environment & internationally.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We should not get involved in other countries unless they directly threaten the safety of Britain.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Whilst it is appalling how the Iranian state is treating some of its citizens, Iran has a much better record than the UK, USA & Israel in not being militarily aggressive. There is a lot of hypocrisy/double standards in the West towards Iran.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “It is unwise to rule out military action, but I would generally be very sceptical of the use of force”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “With the proviso that we should support the UN in any resolution it adopts.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “This war is not about terrorism any more it is about the need to provide a safe passage for a gas pipeline the Americans want to build through Afganistan. We should pull out immediately!”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Our British servicemen and & women are being maimed, traumatised and killed in a confused/impossible mission which is also counterproductive in further alienating Muslim people.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “The need must be determined solely by the UK government and parliament. The need will end as soon as the Afghan army and police have been trained sufficiently to take responsibility for security.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “As long as we are clear that the need is only until the nation can manage its own affairs including its security.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Roland Hynd (British National Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Why are we sending aid to countries like India when they are rich enough to afford a space programme. All aid (except disaster aid) should be stopped until we have sorted out our huge national debt.”
    Barry Stamp (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Mike Shone (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Increasing aid & cancelling debt would help people stay in their own countries to farm their own land etc. Aid is needed also for investment in renewable technologies & resisting deforestation.”
    Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “For two reasons: as a country which is still one of the wealthiest in the world, it is right for us to help others; and if we do not help other countries to come out of poverty, political instability will increase worldwide and will affect us.”
    David Kidney (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We have still to reach the UN's recommended spending level of 0.7% of national income.”

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