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UK Independence Party - UKIP
Christopher Lenton
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
because we couldn't contact them
Conservative Party
Chris White
(Conservative Party)
Independent
Jim Cullinane
(Independent)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • We asked volunteers to find local questions, but unfortunately none have been submitted for this constituency.

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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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Green Party would raise income tax to 50% on earnings above £100,000”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We would cut taxes at the lower end by raising the tax threshold to £10K. We would pay for this by cutting tax loopholes exploited by those at the higher end. (this is huge)”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “This is what Labour is already doing. 2/3rds of the new tax rises are levied on the top 5% of earners.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Clearly we don't want unnecessary regulation. However, it is vital that all parts of our economy work safely and effectively; this means it is not possible to give a sweeping general answer to this question.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We would simplify regulation and shift to a supporting approach to regulation rather than a tick box culture.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “I want to see red tape cut wherever possible. But if businesses are getting support from the taxpayer, the taxpayer is entitled to know the money is being spent as it should.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Tackling climate change will make the UK richer and economically more secure; it should also lead to happier, healthier lifestyle.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “People will be able to use our Eco Mortgage scheme to make energy saving improvements to their homes, paid for by the savings made. It would therefore cost people nothing in real terms.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Yes we should tackle climate change aggressively - BUT it is the government's responsibility to make sure energy bills are affordable. Labour negotiated with the energy companies last year to provide £3 billion over 3 years for lower bills.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The international evidence is that greter equality makes countries happier and safer. This benefits the whole of society, including the richest.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “The gap between rich and poor has widened since '97. The poorest pay more tax as a proportion of their income, the riches pay less. This must change.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “There is no problem with the rich getting richer, so long as everyone else is benefiting too.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Again, we need to look at this on a case-by-case basis. For example, we don't agree with building more prisons, but would invest more in health and education.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Public sector needs to be more efficient. I have direct experience in this from my work. We need to cut costs, but not at the expense of front line services.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “When the private sector is not spending, it is the public sector's job to step in and keep the economy going. We must keep investing in services to ensure jobs and businesses stay afloat. There should be no cuts to frontline services.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “As already indicated, an equal society is happier and healthier. Therefore, we should increase the state pension dramatically by closing tax breaks given to private pensions.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Yes, people should provide for their retirement, though the government needs to ensure these investments are safe, properly regulated.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “the solution is a mix - decent state provision, supplemented by second pensions. The new auto-enrolled system due to start soon is crucial to ensuring decent provision”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    agrees
    “We need vigorous policies to encourage a reduction in population globally. Fortunately this can be achieved with better education for women and available contraception.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We would set up a national border force and re-introduce exit controls. Once established we need to tackle the problem of those people living on the edges of the black economy whilst at the same time focusing our attention on criminal gangs.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has dropped by a third in the last three years, since Labour introduced the new points system. The right level is the one that matches the interests of the economy.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    agrees
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “It is a concern that we are the most closely monitored nation, however CCTV is very effective in reducing crime and speeding up convictions.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “CCTV is used to prosecute criminals and put them behind bars. Crime has fallen as the number of CCTV cameras has increased.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Any family in which there is abuse is not the 'best' even if the parents are married and heterosexual. So, there are many things that make a good environment for children.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “A stable family, whatever the structure is the best environment in which to raise a family.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I don't think any lifestyle type has a monopoly on providing the right environment for a child. Stability and love is what is most important.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    agrees
    “However, MPs should not be allowed second incomes e.g. by working for a company or union: this is likely to tempt them to be less honest.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “It is true that a majority of politicians genuinely want to make a difference. However the system is wrong and lends itself to corruption. It all needs a complete overhaul.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “While it has its faults, our political system is actually one of the most open and transparent in the world. I think we can make it even better, which is why I want to see voters have the right to recall their MP.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Culture is important in any civilised society.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “To a point, however Britain leads the world in Arts and this needs to be encouraged, just as other creative and innovative areas of British endeavor. Its an investment which also enriches our lives.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “We all benefit from a cultural and artistic society, and our economy benefits too so I think it is right that the government provides some support for the arts.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “We need a strong place in Europe in order to reform it. Europe has too much power and that needs to be rebalanced. It should stand up for issues that affect us all. Climate Change, International Crime & Terror, Globalised Trade & Energy Security.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Leaving the EU would be disastrous for our economy. The EU supports 3 million British jobs. I don't know of any local business which supports leaving it.”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Britain should dismantle its own nuclear weapons before telling others to do the same.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I cant answer that until the full situation is known. I do believe that Iran will reform from within - it has a population explosion of young reform minded people, due to the hard line on contraception in the 70's. We should encourage this.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Diplomatic effort must take priority. Military action only acceptable with UN mandate.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “British troops are part of the problem.”
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We need a strategy that works. We need to support our brave troops with proper equipment.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Having visited Helmand last year, I have seen the important work our troops are doing. If we leave too soon, the progress we have made will unravel. 75% of the plots against the UK originate from this area, so we need to stay there until it is safe”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Ian Davison (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Alan Beddow (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “I think its about right. We do need to focus on ensuring aid gets to the heart of the problem and is not diverted by corrupt governments.”
    James Plaskitt (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The UN requires developed countries to spend 0.7% of their GDP on foreign aid, and we've not always met this obligation. Labour is committed to meeting this target by 2013.”

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