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Gary Donaldson
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Peter Bone
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Terry Spencer
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Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Wellingborough should have a hospital with A&E as the current nearest one is too far away.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “It's a matter of life and death - seconds count when going to A&E and we deserve better health services locally.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    agrees
    “I generally agree with this, but feel it is highly unlikely to happen.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The current MP has had 5 years to get one for the area, it is about time someone else tried to get funds released for this urgent need. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “As a first step I'd work to get a 24-hour Minor Injuries Unit at Isebrook Hospital, although I'd also like to see a much wider range of health services available locally.”
  • A leisure centre should not be built on Manor Park.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Why do we need another swimming pool, the current facility is fine and the Pemberton Centre is good too. The rest of the town is crying out for investment but is not getting any because councillors want a big white elephant that's hard to.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    is neutral
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I feel there is more need for discussion with the local residents before a final decision is made. We work for the people. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Conservatives in Rushden have shown breathtaking arrogance over this issue. I'm full-square behind the campaign to keep the Splash Pool and Pemberton Centre open and stop these half-baked plans.”
  • Outpatients facilities should be kept in Rushden.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Old people and young families need health services to be locally available, not cut by poor management.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I feel it may be dependant upon the new hospital location. Once details of that are final then this question would be posed for discussion. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “The new facility at Nene Park will offer a much wider range of services and is in a far more convenient location for far more people. I'm certainly not precious about it being a few hundred yards outside of the constituency!”
  • Over-development, such as building on allotments, is a major threat to the environment of the constituency.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Over-development is the greatest threat to our area and building houses on allotments is scandalous. We’ll soon have no local environment left if Labour/Conservative/Lib Dem politicians get their way.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    disagrees
    “There can be sustainable developments that are not so harmful to the environment and allotments do not need to be built on for development to take palce. there is a shortage of affordable housing and developments should concentrate on this.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We cannot continually take the little land we have and keep building peoperties. There are many brownfield sites that could be used first. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Whilst we need more affordable housing I certainly want to protect open spaces such as allotments.”
  • Local facilities need to be brought up to scratch before thousands of new houses are built.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We agree with this and would reduce VAT on renovation and put VAT on new build.”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We don't want 1000's of new houses dumped on us, their will hardly any new facilities or infrastructure because it's all about making money for developers and politicians from the big three parties.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    agrees
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I do not agree that thousands of new houses are wanted or needed in the area by local people. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “A lot of the concern about new housing would be lessened if local facilities were planned/built at the same time. Unfortunately the Council is refusing to box clever here - it could achieve a lot more by negotiating.”
  • Extra public funding should be spent on road repairs, especially after spells of cold weather.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Pot holes need fixing more quickly, but surely the bill should go to the utility companies that weekend the roads in the first place because most of these holes appear in parts of the road that have been dug up.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    agrees
    “In the short-term yes. But in the long-term we need to aim for substantially fewer cars on the roads and a hugh investment in public transport infrastructure and other alternative modes of travel.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The government takes a lot of funds from motorists yet returns a very small portion for road upkeep. This needs changing. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Northamptonshire's roads (and pavements) are in a particularly poor state. People need to realise this is a Conservative Council exercising ITS priorities.”

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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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “For the past 30 years the rich have got richer and the poor poorer, this needs to be halted, before a permanent under class is created, if it already hasn't been.”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Higher earners are doing better than the less well off during this recession because this recession is hitting young, old and low income families hardest – so yes high earners are the section of society that can afford to pay a bit more.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “Increased taxes must fall on the richest who proportionately pay less tax on their income and capital than the poorest.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “This is really about people paying their fair share - there are some very wealthy people who manage to wriggle their way out of paying very much tax at all.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Whilst in general government should interfere less, there are times when it must, as with the banking sector.”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “If the government did more to protect and help businesses both small and large in the UK we would still be making cars, have small shops and be suffering less because of the recession.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “When there is market failure - and there's a lot of this about - only government can step in to stop the rot and set things back again. Even intelligent capitalists understand this!”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “except it isnt the British government it is the invasive EU parliament. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The banks are a good example of where the state should have got involved much sooner in making sure they were serving the public interest. I'm not in favour of unnecessary red tape, but I don't think companies should operate in a moral vacuum.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “This should be balanced by helping people to use less energy or cleaner energy.”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “If it and other governments do not, then energy bill will go up even more and we will see natural disasters all the time – the time to act is now!”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “To tackle claimate change will require courage and being unpopular - traits that do not come easily to most politicians.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “There is no PROOF that climate change is caused by man. We should use earth's resourses wisely. Recycling and waste reductions are areas that are vital. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Climate change is by far the biggest challenge we face this century. If we don't act our children and grandchildren will pay a heavy price in years to come.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We're all sick of banker’s bonuses, but it’s not just them, many banks and other businesses pay tiny wages to their staff whilst the fat cat bosses cream it off at the top and we need to regulate to make companies share earnings more evenly.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “Economic inequality = Unhappiness, social disruption, insecurity and a rise in racism/fascism.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “It WILL become more economically unequal if we stay in the EU. Only by leaving will be be able to rise above the rest again.This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “The Government needs to redouble its efforts to tackle poverty and inequality. We all deserve a fair future.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    agrees
    “We have to invest in our future - why should people who did not cause the recession suffer when those that did are not?”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “It's the only way out of a recession. This does not mean that there should not be some cuts in unnecessary public expenditure like the renewal of Trident or the introduction of ID cards.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Not at present, that would be financial suicide as would major staff reductions whilst we suffer a recession. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “A 'slash and burn' approach would send the country straight back into a double-dip recession. The reason why we weathered this storm better than the last recession in the 1990s is because the Government too decisive action.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Either cut taxes or pay for pensions - we need a fair system free from business to look after us in our retirement.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “The abolition of final salary pensions schemes is not helping with this! I believe the state, individuals and employers should contribute to good final salary pensions for all, with maximum limits on the richest.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “I may have agreed if the Labour Party had not taken £5B per year from the pension pots of workers - at a time it wasn't even particularly needed. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “People have some responsibility for their future, although so to do employers and the state. The most worrying thing at the moment is the number of people in their 30s and 40s with no plans for their retirement.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Nonsense that this is an issue, because it's yesterdays news. Just like the BNP and UKIP many of these people have gone home months ago, so much so we currently have a net emigration.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “What is "too high"? I doi not agree with the fundamentally racist/xenophobic discourse around immigration issues. We never seem to talk about the varied "push" and "pull" factors/reasons why people come to the UK, the contribution they make.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “If we remail in the EU we shall never be allowed to curb immigration. We need a 5 year freeze on immigration to absorb the current level of immigrants and to find and return all illegal immigrants. This is a personal opinion only maybe not UKIP's”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “The Points-Based System is already starting to make a difference, although we need to ensure that people coming to the UK make a positive contribution and that jobs are advertised locally before being offered to migrants.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Big brother tends to only bother those who need to be bothered, the people who brake the law.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, we are increasingly becoming a survailance state.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “Provided they are placed in public areas and arranged so they do not invade people's privacy I (personally)do not have any problem with them. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Used judiciously, CCTV can be invaluable in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “This idyllic set up is wonderful, but then so can single parent and gay families – I’m tired of political bullies blaming minorities for all that’s wrong with this country because what they fabricate is not what is going to benefit anyone.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “A loving family, irrespctive of the sexuality of the parent(s), is the most important thing for all children”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Sometimes life happens and two hetro parents may not be available but we must always work for what is best for the child irrispective of others' 'rights'. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.This is a personal opinion only”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I don't think it's helpful to describe particular family structures as 'best' or 'worst'. What matters is that a child grows up in a loving and supportive environment.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “There are honest and dishonest politicians, but there are also a lot of politicians who have no empathy for the people they serve and have forgotten that they serve them.”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “There are some honest excellent politicians, but we’ve all been let down by many that are not – most people can’t trust politics at all now and that’s a shame because without that we do not have democracy.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    is neutral
    “There are honest politicians and dishonest ones. The more politicans suck up to business interests and loose their basic values and ideas the more likely they are to be tempted into dishonesty and corruption.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Labour, Tory and LibDems have consistently lied to the public about the loss of democracy in membership and true costs of EU. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Despite the expenses scandal (which was truly shocking!) I still think most politicians of all parties enter politics for the right reasons.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “Arts benefit more people than most politicians do so I support funding arts. I do however sometimes question the decision makers because arts should be for the poeple not just for the artists.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Arts will always need support from public funds as the market will not deliver arts for all people, only the reletively rich and priveleged.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I think one of the real achievements of the last 13 years is free entry to museums. I think the state has a role to play in making the arts accessible to all rather than a self-serving elite”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “The Liberal Democrat policy is that there should be a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union before any more powers are given away. There needs to be a clear mandate on further integration.”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “We have peace and prosperity in Europe because we work with each nation of Europe rather than against them like we used to and like some parties want us to. I’m in favour of the common market, but not of the Euro or greater political integration.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Although I have disagreements with aspects of the EU I don't think we should leave. Instead we should campaign for a progressive EU that puts the interests of ordinbary EU citizens first - over and above the interests of business and the state.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Britain gains far more than it loses as a result of being a member of the European Union. We should of course work to improve how the EU is run, although the idea that we should simply walk away from 60% of our trade is just barmy!”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “We've been here before - any country on earth can claim to have weapons of mass destruction, but we should avoid war unless being directly threatened.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly agrees
    “Miltary action will not solve this problem and will make the world a very unsafe place. Iran may not go down the nuclear option if Israel and other countries give up their nuclear weapons.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “We should not be going round the world inteferring in other countries. We should be diplomatically maintaining relationships. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I'm obviously concerned about the prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, though I'm really not sure threatening military action would help the situation.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain should exit Afganistan at the earliest opportunity.”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “We'll be there for ever, simply put we need to leave and get the Afghans trained up and able to run their own country.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “I think they should come home asap.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “They should be phased out as soon as it can be done with view to their safety. There are other countries who have yet to accept it is their turn. This is a personal opinion and not necessarily that of my party.”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I think we need to be clearer about our objectives (and how we measure if they've been successful), although I'm not in favour of just pulling our troops out and just letting the Taliban take over.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Kevin Barron (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain should stick to it's promises or politicians should not make them in the first place, just to grab a quick headline. Now we should keep our promises. Now we should”
    Jonathan Hornett (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “It's better to stop other contries falling apart then their people dying or having to move out of their own countries. We all want to see a fairer world and it's right that we pay our share.”
    Paul Crofts (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
    strongly disagrees
    “Too much? How pathetic from the sixth wealthiest country in the world.”
    Adrian Haynes (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I have not spent time analysing the current figures and how the funding has been made but it is likely the funds could have been better placed to actually aid the poor rather than the political powers. This is a personal opinion only maybe not UKIP's”
    Jayne Buckland (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I'm proud of the increase in foreign aid and debt cancellation that Labour has introduced since 1997. In the scheme of things the sums involved aren't huge, but we need to recognise our international responsibilities.”

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