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UK Independence Party - UKIP
David Platt
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)
Independent
Nigel Parker
(Independent)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Parking restrictions by Shire Park (on Knightsfield) need to be changed in order to make the road less dangerous.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Sorry, don't know enough about it”
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “This should be for local residents to decide in a local referendum, especially as certain changes may require a local levy.”
  • Hatfield should not be the site of a new incinerator.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I'm strongly opposed to the Tory County COuncil's policy. I'm opposed to incineration on principle and to any waste use at New Barnfield. We should recycle waste instead.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I set up www.SaveNewBarnfield.com”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We should not support the Tory plans for an incinerator ANYWHERE in Herts, and certainly no waste site of any kind at New Barnfield.”
  • The Lafarge proposal to expand Welwyn Garden City should go ahead.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “The plan to build right next to Commonswood Nature Reserve is completely unacceptable. With 3-4,000 people on the borough council waiting list, we do need more homes in the county, but must find better locations.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Not aware of a specific proposal, but if this refers to Regional Spatial Strategy then we will scrap it if Conservatives win.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “This housing would be unnecessary if the UK economic model didn't focus on the South East. Lets move it somewhere more sensible.”
  • The plans to regenerate Hatfield town center are good and should be pursued.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “I set up the Action Hatfield group to campaign for a better town centre. I like the new plans and hope they succeed.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “Planning permission just granted for this. very important to push it through.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “But they could be better - better provision for cyclists, more renovation, not just in main drag”
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “They're more deliverable, they should give a good outcome, but like most Hatfield residents, I'll believe they're happening when the building work starts.....”
  • Tesco should be allowed to open a store off Broadwater road.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I see advantages and disadvantages in this, and would want to see a thorough public consultation.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “Depends on what our community gets in return. See www.DoYouWantTesco.com”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The plans could have a very detrimental impact on WGC town centre, but the community advantages for Peartree are also a real positive. I await the actual planning application with interest.”

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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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Most of the money to reduce our deficit must come from economic growth. But spending cuts and tax rises both have a part to play. It's only fair that most of the tax burden falls on those most able to pay.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “We will block Labour's tax on jobs for anyone earning over £20k before reducing taxes for higher earners.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “This is a pretty leading question, but since the current situation is higher earners pay proportionally less tax, I agree they should foot the bill”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “As the recent banking crisis shows, some government regulation is required.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “The Labour govt has cost business too much in red tape.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Man made climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face today.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “But tackling climate change can be good for economy and householders by reducing energy costs thru schemes like our Green Deal to retrofit homes and reduce energy bills.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Anti-AGW campaigners are sticking their heads in the sand. AGW is REAL and will cause huge disruption unless we do something now.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “The problem is not so much inequality as lack of opportunity. I'm worried by poverty rather than by wealth.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    “The gap between rich and poor has widened dramatically under Labour. The modern Conservative Party believes in enterprise and social justice.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “Sadly, this isn't affordable. We have to spend more smartly, finding savings where we can, but still investing in the country's future.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “We will increase spending on the NHS but spending must be reduced in other areas by slashing bureacracy and waste.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    agrees
    “BUT only because the GReen Party has budgeted for some increases in specific services, eg doubling the money spent on young people by setting up young people's centres, expanding public transport by cutting the road-building programme”
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Redistribution, not more, is needed”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “This should be a shared responsibility.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We will relink pensions to average earnings to create a better state pension. However we will also introduce a scheme where people can protect their homes by buying insurance in case they require long term care in a home.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Simply not an option for a whole section of society, so unless we want OAPs dying of hypothermia again, they need support.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We need a firm but fair system to make sure we can recruit people with the skills the country needs, and to perform the roles we cannot recruit to.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We will introduce quotas and reduce immigration to 1990 levels.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Too many people have jumped on this bandwagon without saying how we will run the NHS, for example, with capped immigration.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “I campaigned successfully for CCTV to be installed in Hatfield town centre, to make it safer and more attractive for shoppers and businesses.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The best environment depends on the values of the family, including their commitment to one another, not on the legal status of the relationship.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “The important thing is to have a stable situation within which to raise children, which is why we will recognise marriage in tax system.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “If they are loving, they can - so can a gay couple, if they are loving”
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Can be best, can also be the worst. Other models of families are just as valid.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I would once have agreed strongly, but recent evidence has caused me to change my view. I'm shocked and horrified by recent exposees, and have committed to publishing receipts for every penny I claim in expenses.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    is neutral
    “Sadly exes showed this isn't always the case, but the new Parliament will provide a fresh start.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Depends how you define 'honest'.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The arts are part of the beauty of life, and should be supported accordingly.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    “We will work with EU on issues which are cross border, but bring back powers over things like employment law.”
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “and make us the poor man of the EU? Poorer standard of living? Still enacting 90% of EU laws with no say over them? Simply not living in the real world”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “But we should do all we can to avoid this situation arising.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    disagrees
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We must do all we can to stop them doing so, by setting the example of not having them ourselves”
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “We have a moral responsibility given what has happened in Afghanistan. But we should leave as quickly as possible, based on training the Afghan army and police.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    agrees
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Mike Hobday (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “We should spend 0.7% of national income.”
    Grant Shapps (Conservative Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Jill Weston (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Paul Zukowskyj (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees

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