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Conservative Party
Campbell Storey
(Conservative Party)
Labour Party
Ian Lavery
(Labour Party)
British National Party
Stephen Finlay
(British National Party)
because we couldn't contact them
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Linda-Lee Stokoe
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
because we couldn't contact them
Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship
Michael Flynn
(Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Funding should be found to provide dog waste bins in the streets of Bedlington Station, rather than just in dog-walking areas.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    agrees
    “through Bedlington Town Council - just as Morpeth Town Council provides all the dog waste bins and litter bins in Morpeth”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    agrees
    “If there is a demand, noting that the costs of regular emptying are quite high.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Dog waste can be put into 'normal' bins provided it is wrapped in a bag; if there are none then the new town council should be able to advise on funding for local issues such as this.”

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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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Greenn Party policy is to set 50p income tax for £100k+ earners”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “We have not had such unequal income in memory. The highly paid pay a lower share in total taxes (direct and indirect) see the Marmot report: Health Inequalities. Taxation should be progressive - the more we earn, the greater share we pay.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Our tax proposals include the biggest tax switch in generations, a radical overhaul to make sure those at the top pay their fair share in order to put money back in the pockets of people who need it.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “We cannot leave it to the 'market' to give us a quality environment and a healthy, just society”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Yes and no. Regulation should be simpler, such as a standard way to present accounts. Aims should include wellbeing of the workforce and benefit to the community as well as shareholder profit.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The role of government is to create an environment that allows enterprise to flourish, acting as an enabler.Beyond that, entrepreneurs want to (and should) be free to run their business without government interference.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Although Green Party policy investing in free domestic insulation should reduce energy consumption.”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “A sensible energy policy will be far far cheaper in the long run (Stern review) and we have to think about the planet our children will inherit.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But not for the poorest; Liberal Democrats are committed to fair fuel bills. We’ll protect the poorest customers by making energy firms create “social” tariffs at lower prices for those who need them.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “An unequal society leads to higher stress and crime, poorer health, lower educational achievement and increased mental illness. In health terms "equality is the mother of prevention"”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “High inequaliy is bad for everybody (Wilkinson and Pickett - Spirit Level). Even the rich become insecure and lose their freedom and safety with such high levels as we have now.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We have proposed a rebalancing of the tax system that will put £700 in the pocket of the average working person.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    agrees
    “- but save money on abolishing 'internal markets', phoney 'choice', PFI schemes and 'contracting out'. Straightforward good quality services for all needn't be expensive.”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    is neutral
    “We should rebalance spending to benefit the community and the environment. For instance, transfer subsidies from aviation to land based public transport; increase preventative health spending compared with curative health.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The current economic climate will require a degree of restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring down the deficit.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Green Party policy is to provide a "basic citizen's pension" for all set at the 'poverty line' (currently £170 pw single) but to remove expensive complexities like 'pension credits'”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    disagrees
    “Both should play a part, but pension fortunes are often outside people's control, and the state should ensure that there is a basic level for all.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain’s pensions system provides neither a decent safety net, nor incentives to save. We will restore the link between pensions and earnings immediately so pensioners’ living standards finally start to improve.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “We need younger people to balance our aging population and certain skills. We also have a moral responsibility to provide sanctuary to refugees from warfare, oppressive governments, economic failure and environmental degradation.”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    is neutral
    “We don't know. We must have records of departures as well as arrivals, so that we can plan amenities. This is a complex question and it must be treated in an informed way and with humanity.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has been too high in some parts of the country, which has stretched public services and damaged community cohesion. Liberal Democrats will vary the points-based system to allow migrants to move to areas that want people.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    agrees
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    is neutral
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “There are over four million CCTV cameras in Britain – one for every fourteen people.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
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    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Often, but a happy, non-violent environment is the best one for bringing up children”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats attach real value to relationships, to commitment and to love, but do not seek to limit or prescribe what makes for a strong relationship.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Well - my experience of local government suggests the vast majority of local councillors are essentially honest.”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    is neutral
    “Politicians seem to be typical of people in general. Some are very fine, but many need clear rules about proper behaviour. The more power people have, the greater the need for openness and regulaton.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The expenses scandal has undermined public confidence in politicians. It is time to put power back in the hands of the people and at all times, not just on Election Day.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Again - we cannot rely on the 'market' to generate 'good art' - government funding without strings for both art and science will allow creativity and innovation.”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “The arts should be available to the young for free to help enrich their educational experience, so they need a subsidy.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education and even fighting crime.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “- but we do need a better constitution”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “There are lots of things wrong with the EU, but on balance its role is positive. Banking problems, pollution problems, crime problems and any others, cross borders and need international cooperation.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “The European Union has evolved significantly since the last public vote over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats believe there should be an in/out referendum the next time a British Government signs up for fundamental change.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “- but we should do everything we can to stop proliferation of nuclear weapons and reduce existing stocks, including scrapping and not replacing Trident. If Iran really is behind suicide bombers then a 'nuclear stand off' cold-war style wouldn't work.”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly agrees
    “That would start World War 3. Because of the oil that passes through the Persian Gulf, it would create a greater world economic crisis than has yet been seen. Iran is surrounded by hostile nuclear weapons states. We have to be more balanced.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We oppose military action against Iran as it would only make a volatile situation worse, strengthening the hand of extremists against moderates. Diplomacy, economic and political measures are the key.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should withdraw as soon as practicable - it is not our war”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “We are propping up a fraudulently elected regime. Injustice is the breeding ground for terrorism. We failed to help with reconstruction when we could have. Now we only fuel hate with every Afghani killed indiscriminately from the air.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Liberal Democrats are critical supporters of the mission in Afghanistan. We believe that the new strategy is the last, best hope for success. A more stable, secure Afghanistan is in our interest.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Nic Best (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We should live up to our commitment to spend at leadt 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid, target it more effectively - and not include arms credits as 'aid'”
    Malcolm Reid (Independent)
    strongly disagrees
    “Yes and no. We could abandon foreign aid if we first ensured that there was fairer trade with developing countries.”
    Simon Reed (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats are committed to working towards a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice.”

Answers by party

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