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British National Party
Robert Grierson
(British National Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Brassington Avenue should be repositioned, at a cost of more than £5 million, and the town centre redeveloped.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “This was my proposal which is being investigated. Clearly the cost of any repositioning would be significant but I have been in discussions both with the Birmingham Councillor leading on regeneration and with relevant private sector interests.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    agrees
    “If there was provision for social housing as part of this, and the development process was conducted in an environmentally-sensitive fashion, this could well be a positive move.”
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The prioirity is to get full use of the present shops”
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “You are right on the button of my own policy for the realignment of the route but your costs are questionable. I would factor the realignment as part of a joint commercial venture in which public money woule pump-prime private ivestment the Centre”

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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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Those with the broadest shoulders should bear a disproportionate degree of the burden.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Taxation should be fair and the Liberal Democrats are committed to making it fairer.”
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I personally woudl expand the scope of the 50p top tax band!”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “But Labour's regulation of the banks has let us all down with catastrophic consequences.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We probably have not regulated certain businesses in the financial services sector hard wnough!”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “But elderly people should be protected not least through the winter fuel allowance that we have promised to maintain.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Agree although better to promote energy efficency so we pay less, and use less 9which after all is the point). By raising costs too far this simplystops the poor using energy while it is then rationed to the rish!”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Sadly, under Labour over the last 13 years the rich have got richer and the poor have got poorer.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Reduction in inequality is important for society as a whole. A fairer society has been shown to improve health and well being as well as social cohesion.”
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Particularly need to contrain excessive high earners”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    disagree
    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “Unfortunately, this Labour government has destroyed public finances and whoever wins on Thursday will have to take some very tough decisions.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    agrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We are not currently in a position where that is responsible”
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We probably have to constrain public spending totals in the short term, realistically”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “People should where they can provide for their own retirement but we should look after, properly, those who cannot do so.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “People should be encouraged to save and provide to enhance their retirement”
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Pensioners have paid for their state pensions through taxes and NI contributions.”
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Not everyone is wealthy enough in working life to 'provide for themselves'”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “We need to substantially reduce immigration. Conservatives would put an annual limit on work permits.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I think immigration got out of hand for a period but Labour's new 'points' system should provide a fairer way of making numbers more manageable while still ensuring the economic benefits of migraiton are maintained.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “We must balance the needs of our security and the equal needs not to have an over-intrusive state.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Many people feel safer with CCTV around”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “We want Britain to be the most family friendly country in Europe but good families come in all shapes and sizes and should all be supported.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Married couples can argue and split, couples living together can provide harmonous families. You cannot generalise on the basis of a certificate - and certainly not by just by selectively giving marrired couples a tax cut!”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “Although the reputation of politicians, never very high, has taken a tremendous battering over the last year.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “I am a positive person who believes that people are generally honest despite what has happened over the last few parliaments”
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I think politicians are about as honest as the rest of people!”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “All of society gains in some measure from the support we give to our arts.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “A measure of a civilised society is that art and culture is paid at least partly from collective resources. It is not just another retail commodity!”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We want to be in Europe but not run by Europe. If elected Tories will pass a Sovereignty Bill to ensure a referendum on any future significant change.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “EU membership is a frivolous luxury we cant afford.”
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Madness - we are only economically viable and secure as part of the EU”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “I do not support military action against Iran but the international community should rule out nothing at this stage in addressing the nuclear issue in Iran.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    agrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Military action may become the only way to avoid a holocaust, although we shoudl avoid military action if at all possible”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “We need a war cabinet to prosecute more effectively our work in Afghanistan wiring together diplomacy, development and defence more successfully. Our troops must always have the best equipment.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Provided we are clear about defining 'how long thjey are needed - i.e. in whose interests!”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Andrew Mitchell (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “On aid, we must ensure all hard earned taxpayers' money is spent well. Conservatives support the 0.7% target because it is morally right as well as being in our national self interest.”
    Joe Rooney (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Richard Brighton (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Edward Siddall-Jones (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Rob Pocock (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Labour is committed to the 0.7% long term target and this is about rigght”

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